Media Law and Ethics Specialization

Media Law and Ethics Specialization (Choose 3)

MSCH-J 300 Communications Law

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: At least sophomore standing. History and philosophy of laws pertaining to free press and free speech. Censorship, libel, contempt, obscenity, right of privacy, copyright, government regulations, and business law affecting media operations. Stresses responsibilities and freedoms in a democratic communications systems. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300.

MSCH-L 317 Media Ethics and Professional Responsibility

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: MSCH C 213 or TEL-T 205, or MSCH-C 207 or TEL-T 207, with a grade of C- or higher. An analysis of the media environment, including organizational structure, corporate responsibility, and the role of the individual in the media environment. Formulation of ethical principles to guide media policy and practice. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 317 or TEL-T 316.

MSCH-J 407 Newsgathering and the Law

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300 or JOUR-H 300–with a grade of C- or higher; junior/senior standing; or permission of instructor. Students study the law relating to the content of news media and the processes by which that content is created. Discussion includes the legal issues triggered by story framing, selection of sources, interviewing, photography and access to information. The course reading and research using primary legal materials. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 407 or JOUR-J 407.

MSCH-J 410 The Media as Social Institutions

(3 cr.) CASE A&H

P: One of MSCH-J 300, MSCH-H 300, JOUR-J 300, or JOUR-H 300 with a grade of C- or higher; senior standing. Examination of the functions and impact of the mass media in society with primary focus on the United States. Discussion of the values of media organizations and the professional and ethical values of journalists. Critical analysis of the relationship of the media and society and the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. Credit given for only one of MSCH-J 410 or JOUR-J 410.

MSCH-L 322 Telecommunications Policymaking

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: MSCH-C 207 or TEL-T 207 with a grade of C- or higher, or consent of instructor. Overview of basic U.S. law and government. Specific analysis of who makes U.S. telecommunications policy, how it is done, and its effects. Course includes a case study of recent policymaking that varies each semester. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 322 or TEL-T 321.

MSCH-L 424 Telecommunications and the Constitution

(3 cr.) CASE S&H

P: One of MSCH-C 207, MSCH-C 213, TEL-T 205, or TEL-T 207 with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of instructor. Surveys the constitutional foundations of telecommunications law and policy in the United States. Primary focus on the philosophies informing the freedom of speech and press traditions, the First Amendment and how it applies to electronic media, and government regulations purporting to promote First Amendment values. Credit given for only one of MSCH-L 424 or TEL-T 424.

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