Module Title:Media Law and the Digital Environment 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Tutorials - will enable the students to discuss the material critically and thoroughly by teasing out difficult points; solving problems; debating controversial topics etc. in an intimate and supportive environment • Problem Solving Exercises – students will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various contract scenarios. • Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. • E-Learning – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to guide the learner through a course of study, which should enable him/her gain knowledge of the practical laws which impact on working in the field of traditional and digital media in the courts, publishing, broadcasting, and sales and marketing and to assist the student to develop the analytical skills required to apply their legal knowledge in various media contexts
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an ability to analyse the role of the media in the administration of justice in our courts, and identify the circumstances that give rise to contempt of court in an era of digital commentary and communication.
LO2 Illustrate an understanding of the constituent elements of the right to a good name, defamation and the available defences to defamation actions in line with emerging media developments such as Twitter etc. and be able to apply it to avoid/solve problems
LO3 Identify and distinguish between the various types of intellectual property in the context of both traditional media and digital media and display understanding of the laws that apply to online sales and marketing.
LO4 Explore and research the personal, social, cultural, legal and ethical concerns in relation to the ownership, control and regulation of the media and be able to explain same.
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
Media and the Courts (Open Justice)
Court reporting • Exclusion of the Media from Court • Reporting Restrictions/Rules against disclosure of vulnerable victims/parties in court cases • Contempt of Court o Procedure • interfering with the administration of justice and right to fair trial /reform in a digital era
• Defamation Act 2009 • Balancing Reputation with Freedom of Expression •Elements of a cause of action, publication (Twitter, facebook etc.). • defences, • Injunctions •reform
Regulation of Broadcasting and the Press in Ireland
Analysis of who/what are ‘organs of the media’ (as per Art 40.6 of Constitution)/ journalists-eg bloggers Etc• The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and regulation of broadcasting content and conduct• The Press Council and Ombudsman and regulation of print and online media• The Codes of Practice • Protection of journalistic sources • Regulation of online journalism and reform
Media ownership
• Competition o Mergers o •media plurality
Intellectual Property Rights
Copyright law(literary, music, film), Performance rights • Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 • Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Law Provisions Act 2019 • Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (DSM Directive)
Media and E-commerce
European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013 (the “2013 Regulations”)-regarding online sales, consumer rights to cancel, rights to info, rights to repair/replace/refund when buy online • Rules regarding advertising: Consumer Protection Act 2007 and EU Regulations on misleading advertising, Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland Code, CCPC
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 End-of-Semester

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 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_HHLAW_B OLD Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 4 Elective