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.


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 .

All COMS233 Occurrences

  • COMS233-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021