Module Title:Media Law
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, tutorials, screenings, group discussions, practical workshops and field trips.
Module Aim: To give the students the necessary skills to identify legal requirements for media production.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal requirements and laws relating to media production
LO2 Research and analyse the constitutional position and precedents relating to media law in Ireland.
LO3 Develop a comprehensive knowledge of broadcasting and media institutional codes of practice
LO4 Work as a member of a team to develop appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Freedom of expression
Freedom of expression and its role in the constitution. The balancing act between freedom of expression and protection of citizens' rights.
The defamation act and the issues around defamation for media practitioners. Questions of defamation in a digital landscape.
The legislation concerning privacy in Ireland.
Editorial Policy and Compliance
Broadcasting editorial policy and compliance. The issues around censorship in Ireland
Intellectual Property
Copyright and clearances for media practitioners
Contract Law
Contract law for media practitioners. Options and agreements for existing work.
Media institutions and legislative structures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case Studies A case study looking at relevant case law pertaining to defamation and privacy 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
Presentation Small group presentation looking at broadcasting legislation, editorial policy and institutional codes of practice. 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Project A research-based assignment on a specific media project or production 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 3.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EETVM_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in TV and Media Production 7 Mandatory