LAW484 Media Law Session 2, 2014
UNIT SCHEDULE internal students
x This schedule is liable to change in light of unforeseen circumstances. You will be notified of any changes via iLearn.
x Lectures are delivered only via iLearn. Unless notified otherwise, there are no 'live' lectures in this unit.
x The prescribed textbook for this unit is: o Des Butler and Sharon Rodrick, Australian Media Law (4th edn, 2012,
Thomson Reuters), ISBN: 978-0-455-22846-4 x If you want to acquire an additional textbook then I recommend:
o David Rolph, Matt Vitins and Judith Bannister, Media Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary (Oxford Uni Press, 1st edition, 2010). ISBN: 978-0-19- 555913-2.
Notes on accessing readings:
x 'Butler & Rodrick' refers to the prescribed textbook (see above). x Where indicated, other readings are available from E-Reserve:
http://www.lib.mq.edu.au/reserve/ x If no other indication is given, the reading is available on-line via Macquarie's library
PART A: FREE SPEECH x NB: In Week 1 (4 - 8 August) there will be tutorials. Although there will be no set
readings for tutorials in Week 1, they will deal with important introductory and administrative matters. Students are strongly advised to attend.
TOPIC 1: THE FREE SPEECH PRINCIPLE Principles guide policy makers in the design of rules. This lecture asks what principles should govern media law. Should everything be premised on some kind of right to free speech? If so, what do we mean by this right and is it all it is cracked up to be?
x Lecture: downloadable by Friday, 1 August (end of Week 0) x Deadline for Quiz A: 11.00 pm, Sunday 10 August (end of Week 1) x Date of tutorials relating to this topic: 13 August (Week 2) x Readings:
o Essential: ƒ Butler & Rodrick, chapters 1 and 2, (pp 1 - 26); ƒ Frederick Schauer, extract from 'The Free Speech Principle' in Free
Speech: a Philosophical Enquiry, (1982), 3 - 12 (available from E- Reserve);
ƒ Frederick Schauer, 'Free Speech and the Good Life' in Free Speech: a Philosophical Enquiry, (1982), 47 - 59 (available from E-Reserve).
o Desirable: ƒ Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 'Television Addiction Is No
Mere Metaphor', (23 Feb 2002) 286.2 Scientific American, 74 - 81).
TOPIC 2: POLITICAL EXPRESSION This lecture continues to consider the arguments generally used in support of freedom of expression, focussing on the part free speech plays in a healthy democracy. Australia's High Court has given constitutional protection to political expression, but was that a good thing? Looking in particular at the issue of paid political advertising in broadcasting, I argue that the central problem lies in how we habitually conceptualise freedom.
x Lecture: downloadable by Friday, 2 August (end of Week 1) x Deadline for Quiz B: 11.00 pm, Sunday 17 August (end of Week 2) x Date of tutorials relating to this topic: 20 August (Week 3) x Readings:
o Essential: ƒ Frederick Schauer, 'Free Speech in a...