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Human rights are central to contemporary public life and as such they are central to media practices and representations. These rights have come under pressure in recent years as everyday life has become increasing mediated online -- increasingly by private digital platforms like Facebook and Google. In this course, you will investigate the rights, responsibilities and ethics associated with mediated communication in public life. You will address topics such as privacy, surveillance, freedom of speech and copyright, and research recent case studies where rights have been debated. The goal is to equip you with the tools for understanding the ethics of both traditional and digital media organisations as controversies and issues arise in everyday life.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 3



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

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