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Digital Media Regulation - JURD7429
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740 or 9230
Excluded: LAWS8329
Fee Band:   (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course examines a range of regulatory approaches which have traditionally been used to regulate broadcasting, and through comparative analysis considers contemporary issues affecting the policy and regulation of broadcasting. An underlying theme of the course is how current developments, technological, economic and regulatory, are affecting fundamental assumptions about the role of broadcasting regulation and the regulatory design. Broadcasting regulation is a vast, complex and fast-changing area. In a one semester subject, we can only touch the surface. However, by examining different aspects of broadcasting regulation, it is hoped that you will gain an insight into the challenges and importance of designing appropriate regulation for broadcasting.

LLM Specialisation

Media, Communications and Information Technology Law.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, you should:
  • Understand the rationales for regulation of broadcasting
  • Be aware of and able to identify the different approaches to broadcasting regulation
  • Appreciate and analyse the debate over the continuing role of broadcasting regulation

Main Topics

  • Rationalizing broadcasting regulation - rationales, approaches to regulation
  • Structural regulation - funding, public broadcasting, ownership and control, competition regulation
  • Content regulation - cultural values, fairness and impartiality, advertising regulation
  • Broadcasting futures


Class participation: Preparation and engagement in class
Research essay: 5,000 - 6,000 words  

Course Texts




A set of printed materials will be available.

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