Thinking about Journalism 2
Area of Study
Journalism, Media Studies
Taught In English
Successful completion of introductory level journalism study
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
Autumn Semester: Journalism ethics
Spring Semester: Media Law
This module aims to set the processes and outputs of journalism within their legal and
ethical contexts. Students will acquire a working knowledge of libel, contempt and
privacy law and an understanding of the requirements of court reporting, but this will be
underpinned by critical engagement with debates about such issues as the challenges of
applying established laws to new media and the impact of commercial pressures on
ethical responsibility in the newsroom.
Students will have the opportunity to explore fundamental issues such as public interest,
the freedom of the press and the extent to which press freedom needs to be balanced
with individuals? rights to privacy and fair treatment in the media.
They will consider questions of motivation and consequence and relate the ideas of the
major ethicists to ethical decisions and dilemmas in the modern newsroom. Other topics
for discussion will include the future of press regulation following reports into the ethics
and culture of the press and the future shape of laws of libel and contempt.
Teaching: Lectures and seminars
Assessment: Class tests
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.