ACC213 - Dilemmas, Defamation, Deception and Disinformation

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Janine Little
Trimester 2: Janine Little

Two units at level 1

Incompatible with:

ALR205 and ALJ313

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 scheduled online seminar per week (2 hours)


Develop the practical knowledge to navigate the legal and ethical dilemmas that may arise for a communications professional or as a user of media. You will engage in problem-based learning using real-life case studies to develop an understanding of laws and regulations that influence media practice in Australia. You will specifically focus on potential problem areas, including privacy, defamation, contempt of court, copyright and misleading/deceptive conduct, as detailed in Australia's consumer law. You will leave this unit with a sound capacity to adhere to the ethical obligations demanded of media professionals.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify and analyse the range of legal and ethical issues, perspectives, debates and frameworks to communications professionals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Apply and communicate ethical deliberation to current and future ethical challenges faced by communications professionals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Critically interrogate real-world case studies of legal and ethical challenges faced by communications professionals from local to global contexts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically analyse problem-based scenarios and devise potential solutions to unclear and ambiguous situations confronted by media professionals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Written Assignment - Case Study Analysis A 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 6
Assessment 2: Written Assignment - Case Study Analysis B 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACC213
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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