Norwich, United Kingdom

Global Media and Communications Law

when 27 June 2020 - 25 July 2020
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee GBP 2895

Due to current developments around the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone summer study programmes at UEA for 2020, and have closed all applications. Details regarding future programmes will be released in due course.

Please email with any queries, and register your interest for future short term study programmes on our website.

Increased access to the Internet has played a significant role in how media industries and governments regulate the media and the laws surrounding it. Many have predicted that the Internet will make borders less relevant, yet many states continue to regulate both established media (print, broadcast) as well as new media, leading to concerns about human rights.

The module explores the pertinent challenge posed by the ‘information society’ in our contemporary world. We will investigate the increasingly globalised and integrated media industries, looking to the rule of law and to national legal systems.

Topics covered will include media regulation, electronic commerce, human rights, global governance of the Internet, and disputes between states as to the extent to which national laws apply to transnational messages and transactions. Students will also be introduced to the innovative research taking place in the media@uea centre and encouraged to discuss the legal systems of their own nations.

Field trips may include:
Visit and tour of Royal Courts of Justice and The Supreme Court.

Course leader

Dr Angelika Reichstein

Target group

Students should have experienced some study of law but not necessarily a law degree. Students should come equipped with an interest in learning about Global Media and Communications Law.

Course aim

By the end of this module students will:

- Have developed their understanding of the role of law (ranging from human rights to commercial) in controlling, influencing or encouraging forms of expression and communication.
- Have learnt to appreciate the differences between media and between different technologies from legal, social, cultural and economic points of view.
- Have learnt to explain how courts and legislators try to ‘balance’ competing interests e.g. speech and privacy, national culture and transnational markets.

Credits info

10 EC
Students can gain 10 ECTS/20 UCU credits for this module.
Students can select an additional credit option alongside this module in order to gain an additional 5 UK Undergraduate credits to transfer back to their home degree. More information can be found on our main website.

Fee info

GBP 2895: Earlybird Fee (before 31 March 2020)
Fee includes:

- Airport transfer from London Heathrow to UEA
- Return airport transfer from UEA campus to Heathrow Airport
- Four weeks on-campus private en suite accommodation in a shared flat
- Induction and orientation programme, including welcome brunch, guided tours and a traditional Sunday roast meal
- A range of inclusive social activities
- Finale celebrations with Afternoon Tea
- Assessment and study skills workshops
- Study support drop-in sessions
- Tuition, field trips and tutorials
- Certificate of attendance
- Academic transcript

A £200.00 deposit is required within 2 weeks of an unconditional offer being made in order to secure a place on the programme. Final payment deadline is 29 May 2020.
GBP 3095: Standard Fee (from 1 April 2020)
Our Standard Fee is inclusive of all the same activities and benefits as the Earlybird fee, and the same payment terms apply.


Students currently studying at one of UEA's partner institutions are eligible for a reduced fee of £2,550.