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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Media Law & Ethics
Module Code CM5972
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Saumava Mitra
Semester 2: Saumava Mitra
Autumn: Saumava Mitra
Module TeachersSaumava Mitra
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides students with robust engagement with the legal and ethical issues that arise in the production of any journalistic or documentary artefacts. It introduces students to the major legal and ethical debates that inform contemporary journalistic and documentary practice – debates that will inform their own decision-making as journalists or documentary producers.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appraise and critique the impact of relevant law on journalistic and documentary practice and public debate
2. Appraise and critique ethical decision making in journalistic and documentary practice and public debate
3. Recognise and assess risk associated with defamation, copyright, contempt of court and privacy in the context of journalistic and documentary practice
4. Recognise and assess risk associated with ethical issues relating to journalistic and documentary practice
5. Exercise legal and ethical vigilance as a core competence of journalistic and documentary practice
6. Analyse and compare ethical theory and practice within the Anglo-American model with other, competing ethical theories and standards of professional practice

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Eoin Carolan and Ailbhe O’Neill: 2019, Media Law in Ireland,
  • Maura Adshead & Tom Felle: 2015, Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act,
  • Eoin McCullough and Neville Cox: 2014, Defamation: Law and Practice,
  • John Maher: 2011, The Law of Defamation,
  • Tanya Ni Mhuirthuile, Catherine O’Sullivan, Liam Thornton: 2016, Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: law, policy and politics,
  • Yvonne Murphy & Donal McGuinness: 2011, Journalists and the Law,
  • Andrea Martin: 2011, Media Law Ireland: Answers to Your Top 100 Media Law Questions,
  • Stephen J. A. Ward and Herman Wasserman: 2010, Media Ethics Beyond Borders,
  • Tony Harcup: 2007, 2007, The Ethical Journalist,
  • L. Zion & D. Craig: 2014, Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices,
  • Ward, S. J.: 2015, Radical Media Ethics: A Global Approach,
  • R. Keeble: 2009, Ethics for Journalists,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MAJMA in Journalism

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