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Law, Media & Journalism - 9214

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Law
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Typical Duration: 1 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 6
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 48
Master of Law
Media and Journalism

Program Description

The Master of Media, Law and Journalism is a joint program of Faculty of Law and the Journalism Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The Master of Law, Media and Journalism is a specialist degree intended for individuals with an interest in the developing relationship between media and law. It is open to students from a media background, law background, or who have previously undertaken a Bachelors degree but have no prior experience in either media or law.

As new media moves towards becoming the dominant form of mass communication, it is important for individuals from a range of backgrounds - law, government, business, journalism, corporate communications - to understand how best to use these emergent platforms and the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany such usage. In terms of the law, established doctrines including defamation and privacy are being used in new ways to cope with the regulatory impact of this increased reliance on the digital sphere. With the Australian Government committed to increasing engagement with social media and a growing number of brands appearing on Facebook and Twitter, it is important for individuals at all levels of business and government to have a solid grasp of how to most effectively use these new platforms and understand the accompanying legal boundaries.

The interdisciplinary focus of the degree equips students with a theoretical focus and practical skills. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to communicate via a series of media, whether in print, broadcasting or online. In turn, students will supplement these practical skills by developing an understanding of the regulatory context in which those skills can be used. The program is structured to allow students to undertake courses according to their interest or employment and thus a student may elect to focus on the practical skills required for broadcasting media and the regulation surrounding that platform, or solely on digital media and the privacy, defamation and online content regulation issues that accompany that area. Students may also elect to do additional law electives that will enhance their understanding of a particular area of law and allow them to reflect on that area in the context of the overall degree.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The objectives of the Master of Law, Media and Journalism (MLMJ) are as follows:
  • To provide an interdisciplinary program of study that equips students with the ability to interact with new media developments in a practical way and understand the legal consequences of those interactions;
  • To develop depth of student knowledge through a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the different regulatory and legal issues that arise in the context of print, radio, television and online media sector, media relations and corporate communications;
  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop an individualised program of study, whereby the student dictates the focus on developing skills and knowledge in online or offline media and journalism and civil and criminal media & technology regulation.

Program Structure

Candidates for the MLMJ must undertake 48 uoc to complete the program. 24 uoc must be obtained in Media & Journalism (MDIA) and 24 uoc must be obtained in Law (LAWS).

Academic Rules

Award of the Degree
The degree of Master of Law, Media and Journalism may be awarded by the Council to a candidate who has satisfactorily completed a recognised Bachelors degree.

1. A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate Bachelor's degree from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty Education Committee of the Faculty of Law (hereinafter referred to as the Committee).
2. In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.
3. When the Committee is not satisfied with the qualifications submitted by an applicant the Committee may require the applicant, before being permitted to enrol, to undergo such examination or carry out such work as the Committee may prescribe.

Advanced Standing
At the discretion of the Faculty of Law, advanced standing may be granted for approved postgraduate courses up to 12 uoc (2 courses) for the Law component. An additional 12 uoc (2 courses) may be granted for the Journalism and Media component.

Enrolment and Progression
1. An application to enrol as a candidate for the degree shall be lodged with the Registrar by the advertised due date.
2. A candidate for the degree shall be required to undertake such formal courses and pass such assessment as is prescribed.
3. The progress of a candidate shall be reviewed at least once annually by the Committee and as a result of its review the Committee may cancel enrolment or take such other action as it considers appropriate.
4. No candidate shall be awarded the degree until the lapse of two academic semesters from the date of enrolment in the case of a full-time candidate or three semesters in the case of a part-time candidate. The maximum period of candidature shall be three academic semesters from the date of enrolment for a full-time candidate and six semesters for a part-time candidate. In special cases an extension of these times may be granted by the Committee.


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Course List

Candidates for the MLMJ must complete 48 uoc for the MLMJ degree. 24 uoc must be obtained in Media & Journalism (MDIA) and 24 uoc must be obtained in Law (LAWS).
The following two core compulsory courses (total 12uoc) must be completed before, or be taken concurrently with, non-core courses:

MDIA5000 Understanding Contemporary Media (6 uoc)
Legal Concepts, Reasoning and Research for IP and Media Law (6 uoc).

Candidates for the degree may be exempted from either one or both of the core courses by application to Dr Catherine Bond, MLMJ Program Director, Exemptions may be granted on the basis of prior tertiary study, previous work experience, or a combination of both.


Media & Journalism Courses

Media & Technology Law Courses


The Enrolment Guide for the Master of Law, Media and Journalism (MLMJ) can be found on the Enrolment UNSW Law website.

Entry to the program may occur in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Please Note:

1) MLMJ students have the option to enrol in either LAWS8423 Research Thesis (6 UOC) or MDIA5008 Media Project (12 UOC) but not both.

2) Not all electives will be offered every year.

3) Any request to undertake a LAWS elective not on the above lists will need to be approved by Dr Catherine Bond, Program Director, MLMJ:

Any request to undertake a MDIA elective not on the above lists will need to be approved by Professor Catharine Lumby, Director, Journalism and Media Research Centre:

Related Program(s)
5214 Law, Media & Journalism
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