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COMM402 - Media Law

Course Details

Course Code: COMM402 Course ID: 5223 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of media law from a communication perspective. Topic covered will include First Amendment law, prior restraint, copyright, defamation, and other legal aspects communication professional encounter. Students will investigate case studies that delve into the broad depth of media law issues that both help and inhibit communication and journalism.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Describe how American courts, legislative bodies, and administrative agencies function.
CO2: Describe historical components of significant legal decisions, which have shaped the mass communication and mass media landscape.
CO3 Explain legal terminology and key concepts in mass communication law such as prior restraint, defamation, obscenity, indecency, access and privilege.
CO4 Analyze legal reasoning, judicial tests and precedents for specific journalistic or media case law to discern legal risk under US law for potential future media activities.
CO5 Articulate the rights of media professionals versus avocational speakers and writers.

Please see the Content tab for class resources.

- Weekly learning lessons in the weekly Learning Material.

- Weekly readings in the weekly Reading & Resources.

Book Title:Digital Media Law, 2nd ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Packard, Ashley
Unit Cost:$82.00
Book Title:Cases in Communication Law, 4th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Rowman & Littlefield Lib
Author:Siegel, Paul
Unit Cost:$58.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.