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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine the regulatory and legal framework of social media practice in Australia. Students will analyse the laws, policies and principles of the regulation of social media in the digital age, including the laws of defamation, freedom of information, ideas of open justice and contempt of court, and the regulation of social media ownership/advertising. In addition, students will compare the social media laws in Australia to other jurisdictions, including Canada and the United Kingdom, and place the regulation of social media in an international context. Topics may include case studies on social media and juries, privacy law and social networking, and offensive comments, censorship and freedom of speech.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara Smyth

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesOnline Group Exercises, Research Assignment

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in LMLC or LMGB or LMLGBL or LMLI or LMCL or LMIBL or LML or LMGBL or have permission of Law School


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate advanced comprehension of the regulatory and legal framework of social media practice and law in Australia
02. Critically evaluate contemporary problems on social media practice using appropriate legal doctrine and extended cognitive skills
03. Demonstrate integrated skills in identifying, using and appraising research material relevant to the operation and reform of social media practice and law
04. Critically analyse the historical, social, economic and cultural implications of the regulation of social media nationally and internationally at an advanced level

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