Comparative Media Law and Regulation

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
07 June 2024


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 P510 Journalism and English Language,
BA P511 Journalism and English Language (Including Placement Year),
BA P512 Journalism and English Language (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 P595 Journalism and Language Studies

Module description

This module provides a comparative cross-border overview of the most controversial issues of law and policies that apply to the media and communication amidst the rise of global media platforms, the digital economy, artificial intelligence (AI), and “post-truth” politics. These include the standards on media platform liability for own publications and user-generated content. They also cover various problems related to content moderation, disinformation, digital media piracy, and AI-generated content. Apart from the principles and standards set by the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) that apply to the UK, EU and most other European states, the module explores the issues of media regulation at the UN and and draws comparisons with the US, China and other states, where relevant. It also examines how global media platforms, such as Google, FB, Netflix and others, respond to regulatory challenges through their policies and practices. The module evaluates media law and policy developments in light 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

By the end of this module, students will be expected to 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 policy issues at the forefront of a fast-changing communications sector;

  3. demonstrate familiarity with relevant domestic and international sources of media law and policy 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

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.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   In-class group presentation (Week 23) / Submit slides to FASer (Week 22)    20% 
Coursework   Take-home exam (Week 26)    80% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandros Antoniou, email:
Dr Elena Sherstoboeva, Prof Stavroula Karapapa
LiFTS General Office - email Tel. (01206) 87 2626



External examiner

Prof Jairo Alfonso Lugo-Ocando
College of Communication, University of Sharjah, UAE
Dean and Professor of Journalism
Available via Moodle
Of 216 hours, 12 (5.6%) hours available to students:
204 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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