Advanced Diploma in Social Media and Media Law

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:

  1. Explain the main elements of social media and media law
  2. Critically assess how the law regulates the media environment
  3. Understand the obligations and rights of social media and media practitioners
  4. Evaluate emerging developments in media law and in particular, social media law
  5. Critically analyse and apply constitutional provisions, statutory provisions and the principles in case law
  6. Conduct research into areas of media law
  7. 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: November 2019 (provisional)

Application Deadline: Friday 11 October 2019

Please note that the schedule below is provisional for 2019/20. 

 

Week No.

Date

Topic

Speaker

1.

5th November

Introduction to social media and media Law (not recorded–attendance in person required recommended)

Dr. Sarah Fennell BL (course co–ordinator)

2.

12th November

Freedom of Expression under the Irish Consitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

TBC

3.

19th November

Defamation (Part I)

TBC

4.

26th November

Defamation (Part II)

TBC

5.

3rd December

Defamation (Part III)

TBC

6.

10th December

Privacy, Online Publications and Remedies Available

TBC

7.

7th January

The Media and the Courts

TBC

8.

14th January

Contempt of Court 

TBC

9.

21st January

Censorship

TBC

10.

28th January

Public Order and Morality

TBC

11.

4th February

Online Publication

TBC

12.

11th February

Social Media and the Law

TBC

13.

18th February

Data Protection and the Media

TBC

14.

25th February

Regulation of the Press

TBC

15.

3rd March

Broadcast Regulation

TBC

16.

10th March

A view from the bench (not recorded–attendance in person recommended)

TBC

ASSESSMENT

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: those working on social media platforms and in search engine companies; 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 and solicitors working in the public and private sector; anyone in the entertainment or media industries.

FEES

Fees can be viewed here.  

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are made here.

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