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: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Application Deadline: Friday 11 October 2019

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

Week No.

Date

Topic

Speaker

1.

05.11.19

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

Dr. Sarah Fennell BL (course co–ordinator)

2.

12.11.19

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

TBC

3.

19.11.19

Defamation (Part I)

Simon McAleese, Simon McAleese Solicitors

4.

26.11.19

Defamation (Part II)

TBC

5.

03.12.19

Defamation (Part III)

TBC

6.

10.12.19

Privacy, Online Publications and Remedies Available

Eoin McCullough SC

7.

07.01.20

The Media and the Courts

Dearbhail McDonald, Freelance Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

8.

14.01.20

Contempt of Court  

Shane Murphy SC

9.

21.01.20

Censorship

TBC

10.

28.01.20

Public Order and Morality

TBC

11.

04.02.20

Online Publication

TBC

12.

11.02.20

Social Media and the Law

TBC

13.

18.02.20

Data Protection and the Media 

Dr Eoin O’Dell, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin

14.

25.02.20

Regulation of the Press

Peter Feeney, Press Ombudsman 

15.

02.03.20

Broadcast Regulation

Paula Mullooly, Director of Legal Affairs, RTE

16.

10.03.20

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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