Investigate the challenge posed by the information society Investigate the challenge posed by the information society

Academic lead: Dr Angelika Reichstein

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Academic level: Undergraduate level 5 

Better access to the internet has played a huge role in how media industries and governments regulate the media. You’ll discover how this brings with it concerns  about human rights and poses new problems for the law. 

You’ll explore predictions that the internet will make borders less relevant, especially with the growth of smart phones and mobile technologies.

We’ll encourage you to share the legal systems of your own country to explore the challenges of the ‘information society’.You’ll also investigate the increasingly globalised and integrated media industries, looking to the rule of law and national legal systems.

Field trips may include

Royal Courts of Justice, The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (London). 

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. 
  • Learnt to explain how courts and legislators try to ‘balance’ competing interests e.g. speech and privacy, national culture and transnational markets.


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

Hear from our Alumni!

'I met some truly incredible people and made some great memories, it helped me step out of my comfort zone in unexpected ways.' Nanuji from Australia, Global Media and Communications Law 2019

"UEA International Summer School was the perfect opportunity to gain international awareness and to narrow the distances among countries and continents." María Emilia from Uruguay, Global Media and Communications Law 2017 - read the full post on our blog!

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2020 Module Outline