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    Analysis and assessment of the law relating to the media.

    From traditional media outlets and journalistic practices to increasingly ubiquitous online publications, platforms and conduct, the media plays a significant role in our lives. This paper addresses legal areas and principles of particular relevance to media processes of information gathering and dissemination. Throughout, recurring issues of how the balance is struck in this context between free expression, privacy and other rights and expectations; and how public interest considerations are taken into account will be discussed. Students are recommended to have taken, or currently be taking, LAWS 301 Law of Torts.

    About this paper

    Paper title Media Law
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    96 LAWS points
    Pre or Corequisite
    Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
    Limited to
    LLB, LLB(Hons)
    Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.

    Students are recommended to have taken, or currently be taking, LAWS 301 Law of Torts.

    Teaching staff

    Mr Alex Latu

    Paper Structure

    The course will cover legal topics of importance to the media  including the regulatory landscape; defamation; Parliament and court reporting; contempt; privacy, breach of confidence, limits on information-gathering, and copyright.


    Course readings via eReserve.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    As well as providing an overview of the key doctrines, regulation and developments in this area, this paper seeks to provide students with an understanding of their theoretical underpinnings and comparative insights into how other jurisdictions have approached these issues, together with their potential impact on New Zealand.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
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