Media, Law and Ethics (899P4)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module aims to develop students' practical and critical understanding of the ethical, regulatory and legal dimensions of journalistic and media practice. This will include introducing a range of ethical guidelines for journalists and media practitioners, the ethics processes within the university research environment, whilst also examining press freedoms around the world.

The module will cover the codes of conduct and guidelines from a range of organisations such as those used by the BBC, IPSO, Ofcom, the NUJ and UNICEF. Students will also examine regulatory issues in a range of international jurisdictions and the legal constraints that journalists and media practitioners have to negotiate. The module also explores copyright, data protection, freedom of information and intellectual property laws as they relate to journalistic and media practice.

Students will also be given the opportunity to critically reflect on legal, ethical and regulation issues in the fields of journalism and media practice.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: