MCM610 : Mass Communication Law & Ethics

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

MCM610 is a comprehensive course designed to inform and update students about the present law and ethics position of mass media both nationally and internationally. It will cover topics like journalistic code of ethics, ethics and responsibilities of mass media in the light of western and Islamic point of view, ethics in Public relations and advertising, media laws, Copyright Ordinance 1962 and freedom of expression and its importance in a society. The course will also address in detail the electronic media laws and the structure and functions of Pakistan Electronic Media regulatory Authority (PEMRA). It will help students in understanding the need and importance of the laws in the light of the history in which they were established.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the importance and need of laws.
  • Apply and follow the laws and ethics in their daily as well as professional life.
  • Earn a much more credible position as professional for themselves and the media corporation they are working for.

Course Calendar

Ethics: An Introduction1Handouts1-4
Essence and Purpose of Ethics2Handouts5-7
Theories of Ethics – I3Handouts8-9
Theories of Ethics – II4Handouts10-12
Sources of Ethics in Pakistan’s Society5Handouts13-14
Mass Media Ethics: need and scope6Handouts15-16
Islamic Codes of ethics7Handouts17-18
Ethical Problems: External & Internal pressures on media8Handouts19-22
Quiz 1
Ethical problems: The violations of ethics in Pakistan9Handouts23-24
Ethical problems: Privacy, corruption, personal interests, etc10Handouts25-27
Assignment 1
Codes of Ethics and Application: needs and bodies to frame ethics11Handouts28-29
International code of ethics: an introduction12Handouts30-31
Mass media code of ethics in Pakistan: History and critique13Handouts33-35
Ethics by the PFUJ, CPNE and other bodies14Handouts36-37
Ethical codes by PEMRA15
Ethical codes by Press Council of Pakistan16Handouts38
Quiz 2
Issues in Applications of Code of Ethics17
Issues in Applications of Code of Ethics – Interviews18Handouts40
Media freedom: introduction19Handouts41
Defining the limits of media freedom20
Quiz 3
Absolute vs responsible freedom of media21Handouts43
Universal media laws: introduction22Handouts44-45
Mid-Term Exam
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Article 1923
Evolution of press laws with special references to subcontinent and Pakistan24Handouts48-49
Constitutional provisions on freedom of expression in Pakistan25Handouts50-51
Provisions in the Major Laws: Defamation26Handouts52-53
Provisions in the Major Laws: Others27Handouts54
Assignment 2
Special Laws: an overview of media laws28Handouts55
PEMRA Ordinance: introduction29
PEMRA: Provisions on ethics30Handouts58-59
PEMRA: Legal Provisions / Issues31
Press Council of Pakistan: History, Introduction and Constitution32Handouts64-65
Quiz 4
Press Council of Pakistan: Ethical concerns33Handouts66-67
Press Council of Pakistan: How does it address the ethical issues34
In the Public Interest35Handouts70-71
Copy rights: issues and challenges36
Contempt of court and mass media37
Ethics, laws and emerging technologies38Handouts76
Pakistan’s Policies regarding: Teleport, IPTV, Cable TV, DTH, Landing Point, Temporary Unlinking39Handouts77-78
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority: Introduction,Mandate and functions40Handouts79-80
Quiz 5
PTA: regulatory issues, implications of regulations, Broadband Policy41
PTA: regulatory issues, implications of regulations,Broadband Policy42Handouts84-87
Technological changes and their impact on the regulations and policies: The digital future, cable and satellite, digital TV43Handouts88-91
Case studies, the internet and cyberspace and need for universal legal and ethical framework44Handouts92-94
Dealing with issues of obscenity, other offensive content, economic aspects, privacy, encryption and access45Handouts95-96
Final Term
This is tentative schedule , any change, if made, will be intimated via announcement"
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