Media Laws and Ethics

By Dr. S. Arulselvan   |   Pondicherry University
Learners enrolled: 1011
Media Laws and ethics is a Curriculum-based course content of one of the graduate programs of humanities discipline. 

It is part of the approved curriculum being transacted in a few affiliated  Colleges of Pondicherry University and similar courses are being offered at many colleges across India. 

This course would offer many ideas related to law making in India, which include a brief history of the constitution of India, significant laws enacted related to Media and Communication since the colonial period, till date. It also tries to impart knowledge about morals and ethics. 

Primarily aimed at the students of communication, journalism, and media studies programmes. 
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 02 Aug 2021
End Date : 09 Nov 2021
Exam Date : 14 Nov 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

WEEK 1   Introduction to the Indian constitution 
         Salient features of the Indian  constitution

WEEK 2   Fundamental Rights 
        Article 19 1 (a) and freedom of expression 

WEEK 3   Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), 
         Defamation, Contempt of court

WEEK 4   Copyrights Act, 
         Creative Commons

WEEK 5   Media-related Acts in India 
WEEK 6   Introduction to cyber laws, 
           Press Council and its role, functions, and powers 

WEEK 7  Prasar Bharati: Responsibilities, functions, powers, and limitations; broadcasting codes 

WEEK 8   Film Censor Board: Role and functions,
         Media Regulation in India 

WEEK 9   Fair use policies of media 
WEEK 10 Information Technology Act 2001 

WEEK 11 Cybercrimes 
         Privacy issues and media 
WEEK 12 Open vs Secrecy
         Ethics – An introduction  
WEEK 13 Morals vs Ethics 
         Social responsibility of the media – theory and examples

WEEK 14 Ethical issues of visual manipulation and doctoring videos.  

WEEK 15 Advertising Standards Council of India,
                 Fake news and misinformation

Books and references

1. Basu, DD (2010) Law of the Press in India. Prentice-Hall India.  
2. Basu DD (2012) Introduction to Indian Constitution, Prentice Hall India.  
3. Louis Alvin Day, (2006), Media Communication Ethics, Wadsworth. 
4. Nalini Ranjan, (2005), Practicing Journalism– Values, Constraints, Implications: Sage.

Instructor bio

Dr. S. Arulselvan

Pondicherry University
Arulselvan. S. has 23 years of teaching experience in Universities. Served Consultant to UNESCO for two years on a Media Development project in Northern Sri Lanka during the ceasefire period. Translated a book for UNESCO on Human Rights and another one on Election Reporting. Developed interest in understanding issues related to ‘technology-enabled learning’, and served briefly EMRC of Pondicherry University as its Head i/c for about 2 and half years. Published papers on Dalit assertion, political communication, media and criminal justice. A detailed profile of Arulselvan S is available at: https://www.pondiuni.edu.in/Inhouse/PU_Establishment/profile_view/?node=1118


Course certificate

30 Marks will be allocated for Continuous Assessment and 70 Marks will be allocated for end semester proctored examination

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