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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the conceptual framework of social media policy and law in Australia. Students will examine the theories, policies and principles of the regulation of social media in the digital age. Topics may include the laws of defamation, censorship and freedom of speech, ideas of open justice and contempt of court, the relationship between privacy law and social networking and the regulation of social media advertising. In addition, students will examine comparative jurisdictions and place the regulation of social media in its social, cultural and economic context.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarc Trabsky

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites LAW1LIM and LAW2TOT


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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate comprehension of the regulatory and legal framework of social media law policy in Australia

Online Group Exercises Online Take Home Exam Research Assignment

02. Evaluate contemporary problems on social media practice using appropriate legal doctrine

Online Group Exercises Online Take Home Exam

03. Identify, use and appraise research material relevant to the operation and reform of social media law and policy

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04. Critically analyse the historical, social, economic and cultural implications of the regulation of social media nationally and internationally

Online Group Exercises Research Assignment

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