JOUR505 – Media Law and Context

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Module code
Module title
Media Law and Context
To introduce students to sociocultural, economic, political and legal contexts that influence journalists, journalism and related communications media in New Zealand
  • BM1801
  • BM1802
  • BM1901
  • BM1902
  • BM1903
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Research and analyse Aotearoa New Zealand sociocultural, political and economic contexts and their significance to journalism and related communications media.
2. Analyse te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te ao Maori (worldview) and tikanga Maori (protocols) as related to (a) the student as an individual and (b) journalism practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
3. Analyse diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
4. Apply key legislation, industry bodies and professional ethics that relate to journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand.
• History of journalism in NZ
• The media and sociocultural / political / economic contexts and issues
• Current affairs
• Media law
• Ethics
• Official Information Act
• BSA, Press Council, any other relevant regulatory bodies
• Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• Te ao Maori, Tikanga Maori and marae protocols
• Critical thinking skills
• Digital skills for research, communication and presentation
• Reflective writing and journaling
Assessment Criteria
Criteria to Pass this Module:
Students must gain an overall mark of 50% to be successful in this course
Learning and Teaching Resource
A list of recommended resources is provided in the course outline.