University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2016

Course Description
Journalism faces dramatic changes and challenges in the new media environment. The Internet has undermined the traditional business model of the daily newspaper without having yet replaced it with a viable alternative. It has also led to fundamental changes in the practices of journalism itself. At the same time, investigative, public interest journalism is increasingly important in the age of surveillance. This course focuses on the bodies of law regulating the gathering and dissemination of information by the media, including constitutional, statutory, and common law. Specifically, we will cover defamation and privacy, liability for physical and economic harms caused by the media, copyright, subpoenas and searches, media access to information, and regulation of broadcasting. We will pay special attention to the problem of regulating new technologies and to adapting First Amendment theory to deal with new technologies and the globalizing news environment.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-11-2016 - 04-20-2016   TR  9:30 AM-10:50 AM G363

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course, but Constitutional Law II is highly recommended. (Administrative law as well would be helpful, but is not necessary.)
Method of Evaluation: Final exam (open book)
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Specialized
Government & Regulation - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2289
Office: G471