Privacy and Media Law

Unit code: LLW2010 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Queen
Online Real Time
BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context
BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study introduces students to key issues in the nexus between law and both privacy and media (both traditional media and social media). The media (through print and electronic forms) is an increasingly pervasive social force, negotiating social meaning and providing a forum for social issues. The potential for abuse and manipulation has seen an escalating level of regulation of media, both through formal legal apparatus and through self-regulatory systems. The impact of globalisation, centralisation of media control and convergent media simultaneously act to make the regulation of the media a more complex issue than it once was. This subject explores the regulation of media from the perspective of an autonomous media practitioner and explores key issues in media law and justice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a coherent critical, theoretical and technical knowledge with depth and social and global context in the area of Privacy and Media Law to a range of audiences;
  2. Formulate solutions to practical problems in advising and acting in matters involving Privacy and Media Law;
  3. Propose advice and functions in the area of Privacy and Media Law related to local and global settings;
  4. Analyse and evaluate information to complete a range of activities in the study of Privacy and Media Law; and
  5. Adapt the necessary knowledge and skills to analyse, generate and transmit innovative solutions to 21st century problems in the area of Privacy and Media Law.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 15%
Moot and Presentation in Class
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 35%
Essay on a contemporary issue in Privacy and Media Law
Assessment type: Examination
Grade: 50%
Final exam

Required reading

Australian Media Law
Butler,. D & Rodrick,. S | Thomson Reuters

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