Module title: Media Law

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09114
Module leader: Zhongdong Niu
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Zhongdong Niu
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learing and Teaching Methods
LO 1-5
Lectures are used primarily to explain key principles and concepts and to suggest approaches to evaluation and critical analysis;
Tutorials and seminars will be used to develop and enhance students capacity to solve legal problems in a particular situation.

LO 1-5
The coursework is designed as a formative/summative assessment of the student's ability to gather and retrieve information from avarious sources and apply that knowdedge to the coursework questions. The examination tests the ability to focus on relevant legal issues and organise knowledge and argument appropriate to questions raised.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
LO 4-5

Two key employability skills are embedded and assessed: a) Communication - oral and written communication skills are assessed in group discussions and coursework. b) Identify and retrieve up to date information from a variety of sources. Students will be encouraged to develop these skills by the provision of feedback.

Research /Teaching Linkages

LO 1,2
In participation in tutorials and seminars students will be encouraged and expected to use research skills using primary and secondary sources.
The module leader will also make use of his own research in the subject area in teaching and learning activities

Supporting equality and diversity

LO 1-4

All materials are on WebCT to enable a diverse student group equal access to the materials

LO 1-2


The module considers international and European media law and its implications for the UK law.

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-4 10 , WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Freedom of expression theories; regulatory institutions and their functions; regulation of broadcasting and electronic communications; defamation; self-regulation of the media; data protection and freedom of information; obscenity and indecency; blasphemy; privacy; copyright.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of principles of media law and the functions of regulatory institutions
LO2: Identify and evaluate legal issues relating to freedom of expression and various restrictions on the media
LO3: Analyse legal problems in a systematic and analytical manner
LO4: Communicate effectively in written form and employ argument and persuasion

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - PETER CAREY ET AL (2010) MEDIA LAW: SWEET & MAXWELL, 5th ed. - ISBN: 0414042131
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