COMS233-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Media Law for Journalists

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


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 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 F3 Lecture Theatre
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 16:30 Chirstchurch District Court
22 Aug - 28 Aug
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 465
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross


Ursula Cheer


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio of court stories 40% 3 court stories, from 3 separate cases.
2 x Tutorial assignments 10% You will be assigned court report writing tasks, which we will workshop in class.
Field Trip Assignment 10% We aim to attend the Christchurch courts as a class, where you will take notes from the courtroom and write a court report.
Law Exam 40% Open book exam

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $904.00

International fee $3,705.00

* 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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