COURSE NAME: MEDIA POLICY, LAW AND REGULATION
COURSE CODE: BAMC 3102
COURSE LEVEL: YEAR THREE, SEMESTER ONE
COURSE TYPE: CORE
CREDIT UNITS: CU 3
BRIEF COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course introduces students to media law and examines the various laws and policies that affect the practice and profession of journalism. The course entails an in-depth study of specific laws as and their implications for journalistic practice. This is done within the constitutional framework of Uganda’s legal system. Topics covered include introduction to law, media legislation and regulation, defamation, criminal law and the media, the press and journalist act, the electronic media act, broadcasting regulation, other laws that impact on the practice of journalism.
The objective of this course is to provide students with a firm grounding in the laws and policies that impact on the practice of journalism in Uganda.
SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Identify provisions for freedom of expression and access to information in the constitution and laws of Uganda and within international legal instruments.
Name and describe the various laws and policies that impact on the practice of journalism in Uganda.
Discuss the implications of the national and global legal framework for the exercise of freedom of expression.