Media Law

Schools of Public Engagement: Media Studies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Media Law
Fall 2023
Taught By: Lynn Oberlander
Section: A

CRN: 14505

Credits: 3

This seminar is an introduction to the legal principles at work in the media industry. We will focus on both the substance of some “core” issues -- the First Amendment, defamation, privacy, copyright -- and the constitutional, statutory and regulatory schemes through which these principles are applied. We will also examine the different manner in which the law treats types of content (e.g., entertainment and news) and modes of delivery (e.g., print, broadcast, cable, Internet) and why. Should journalists be given preferential treatment? And who is a journalist anyway? The ethical and moral dilemmas that media organizations and professionals face, and the manner in which such problems intersect with and diverge from the legal framework, is another focus of the course. If it is legal, is it right? We will examine how the consolidation of the media industry affects content decisions, and whether the uniquely “democratic” opportunities for citizen journalists and self-publishing offered by the Internet are an effective counter to the conglomeration and monopoly problem, as well as the role of the social media platforms and the law (and ethics) that govern them. We will explore the complex interplay between government and the media. Is the content and shape of media affected by corporate owners’ dependence on government largesse for their related businesses? Content will explore the extent to which the Internet should be regulated and will provide a good laboratory to examine governmental regulation versus self-regulation. What of fake news? Do journalists have a right to cover a President? Can a President decide to ban particular news organizations or journalists?

This section is open to graduate students in the School of Media Studies only. All non-major Graduate students and Undergraduate SPE Media Studies students may request permission to enter the course three-weeks before classes start by emailing mediastudiesadvising@newschool.edu. Undergraduate SPE Media Studies students will need to have written instructor permission to be approved. All other undergraduates are not permitted.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Media Studies (NMDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:14am EDT 6/3/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 600
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023