Comparative Media Law and Regulation

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Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA P590 Journalism and Modern Languages,
BA P550 Journalism and Criminology,
BA P551 Journalism and Criminology (Including Placement Year),
BA P552 Journalism and Criminology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P540 Journalism and Sociology,
BA P541 Journalism and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA P542 Journalism and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA P520 Journalism with Business Management,
BA P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (Including Year Abroad),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P580 Journalism and Politics,
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P582 Journalism and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA P525 Journalism and Liberal Arts,
BA P526 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Placement Year),
BA P527 Journalism and Liberal Arts (Including Year Abroad),
BA P515 Journalism and Philosophy,
BA P516 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Placement Year),
BA P517 Journalism and Philosophy (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module provides a broad outline of the principal areas of UK law that apply to the media and examines them in turn against broader principles and standards set by the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). The content of this module is supplemented by a comparative cross-border analysis, with an emphasis on new technologies like the Internet and social media. Throughout the module, policy developments affecting media law and regulation are evaluated in terms of their social and cultural context. No prior knowledge of media law is necessary. Broad brush explanations will provide the legal framework against which comparisons will be drawn.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to the legal framework for globalised communication via mass media and provide them with an insight into the major questions that journalists, authors, publishers and legal practitioners face in a contemporary multi-mediated landscape.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the nature and purpose of relevant legal principles and the ways in which they shape professional practice at a national, regional and international level;
2. show critical awareness of controversial legal and ethical issues at the forefront of a fast-changing communications sector;
3. demonstrate familiarity with relevant domestic and international sources of media law and the ability to critically apply them both verbally (in seminars) and in writing;
4. clearly communicate media law-related concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences and show independent learning, team work and project management skills.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly 1-hour lecture, followed by a 1-hour seminar The module seeks to fulfil its aims through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars in the spring term (i.e. a 1-hour lecture, followed by a 1-hour seminar, for 10 weeks). Lectures will introduce participants to the subject matter of the week and provide the foundation for guided independent study. Audiovisual materials will be employed, where appropriate, with a view to enhancing students’ learning experience. Seminars will provide the opportunity to deepen participants’ understanding of the key legal issues covered in lectures through the use of additional materials supplied. Specific instructions for the seminars will be posted on Moodle. Participants will be expected to engage actively in seminar debates, having been provided with a relevant reading list beforehand.


  • Frances Quinn. (2018) Law for journalists: a guide to media law, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Student authored question banks    10% 
Written Exam  Take Home Exam    90% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Tim Fenton, email:
Dr Alexandros Antoniou
LiFTS General Office - email Tel. (01206) 87 2626



External examiner

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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