Media Law

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The online Media Law unit is perfect for any media professional or individual looking for a career in the media. The unit teaches students how Australian law impacts on their role as a practitioner in the media.

As a core unit in several journalism and public relations certificates, you’ll develop skills in utilising the law to improve their work and minimise the risk of legal action. The unit also covers how laws involving freedom of information, source protection, intellectual property, defamation, privacy, national security and court reporting can affect your work.

Gather an up-to-date understanding of the balance between free speech and other competing rights as you cover the latest legal implications of social media and online publishing. You’ll complete this unit with a comprehensive understanding of how to protect your work, obtain information, report on crime and avoid persecution.

This unit, offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, contributes to majors in arts and communication or can be completed as an elective within a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Business or Technology.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, however, as a level 2 unit, this course will include some assumed knowledge from prior studies.

Areas of study

In this Media Law unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Media and social media law
  • Free expression and the legal system
  • Secrets and sources
  • Reporting crime and justice
  • Contempt
  • Writers and reputations
  • Intellectual property
  • Other communication laws

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Certificate of Journalism, Griffith University
  • Certificate of Public Relations, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will improve your skills as a public relations officer, journalist or blogger by providing you with the capacity to operate within the bounds of the legal system. By understanding Australian media law will be able to report or publicise better, with improved access to information and a greater understanding of the legal implications of your work.

Media Law is a core unit in both a Certificate of Journalism and Public Relations while also contributing to majors in business, technology, arts or behavioural science or a Bachelor of Arts or Communication.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Media Law from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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