Course available through blended / online distance learning.
The area of social media and media law is very much an evolving environment particularly due to advances in communications technology. This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to and overview of social media and media law to include Irish law, EU Law and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Students will learn about the main areas of media law to include the law of defamation, contempt of court, privacy, freedom of expression broadcasting/press regulation and the regulation of new forms of media.
PROGRAMME AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES
The aims and objectives of this course are to provide an overview of media law in Ireland in addition to addressing emerging issues in this area.
On completion of the Diploma, students should be able to:
- Explain the main elements of social media and media law
- Critically assess how the law regulates the media environment
- Understand the obligations and rights of social media and media practitioners
- Evaluate emerging developments in media law and in particular, social media law
- Critically analyse and apply constitutional provisions, statutory provisions and the principles in case law
- Conduct research into areas of media law
- Engage in critical thinking and legal analysis
COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY
The course will be delivered part–time one morning a week through the medium of lectures presented by experts in the area. The course will take place over a period of 16 weeks on Tuesday mornings between 8.30 – 10.00 a.m. Coordinated by Dr Sarah Fennell BL. this course will provide valuable insights into the legal framework impacting social media and media law in Ireland.
This course will be available via blended learning, with most classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our student intranet system. This means that, while all students are welcome and encouraged to attend class in person, some of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can view the material by streaming their class at any time. *Lecture videos require an internet connection to be streamed.*
Course Start Date: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Application Deadline: Applications for 2020/2021 will open in April.
Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2019/20.
Introduction to social media and media Law (attendance in person recommended)
Dr. Sarah Fennell BL (course co–ordinator)
Freedom of Expression under the Irish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
John O’Dowd, UCD
Defamation (Part I)
Simon McAleese, Simon McAleese Solicitors
Defamation (Part II)
Declan Doyle SC
Defamation (Part III)
Joe O’Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors
Privacy, Online Publications and Remedies Available
Eoin McCullough SC
Contempt of Court
Shane Murphy SC
The Media and the Courts
Dearbhail McDonald, Freelance Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
Professor Neville Cox, TCD
Public Order and Morality
Karyn Harty, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald
Social Media and the Law
Mark O’Shaughnessy, Partner, ByrneWallace
Data Protection and the Media
Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin
Regulation of the Press
Peter Feeney, Press Ombudsman
Paula Mullooly, Director of Legal Affairs, RTE
A view from the bench (not recorded–attendance in person recommended)
To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant will be required to successfully complete one written take home (100%) assignment.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course will be of interest to include those working in social media, those working in communications and PR, writers, journalists, bloggers, in–house counsel, those working in the newspaper and broadcasting industries, data protection lawyers and barristers/solicitors working in the public and private sector together with anyone in the entertainment or media industries.
Fees can be viewed here.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are made here.
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