COMS233-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Media Law for Journalists

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


By the end of this course students are expected to have a basic understanding of the range and impact of laws and regulations restricting the media and journalists in New Zealand, including their underpinning principles.


Limited Entry: Subject to admission to the Journalism Major and permission from the Head of Department.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Elsie Locke 401 (20/7-24/8)
John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room (14/9-19/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Elsie Locke 401 (21/7-25/8)
Rehua 329 (15/9-20/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:30 Chirstchurch District Court
23 Aug - 29 Aug

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross


Ursula Cheer


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio of court stories 24 Sep 2021 40% 3 court stories, from 3 separate cases,No story may be more than 400 words The minimum word count for your portfolio (i.e. all 3 stories combined) must be more than 800 words.
Tutorial Assignment 10% You will be assigned some writing tasks, which we will workshop in class (details are outlined in your workshop reading list).
Field Trip Assignment 25 Aug 2021 10% We aim to attend the Christchurch Courts as a class, where you will take notes from the courtroom and write a court report that we will workshop in class later that week. • Bring your draft
Law exam 40% The Law part of the course will be assessed by an open book exam requiring you to address 7 out of 10 case study problems and answer 2 out of 4 short answer questions.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $888.00

International fee $3,603.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 25

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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