May 21, 2019
COM 460 - Communication Law
Understanding legal issues for the communication professions including libel, slander, privacy, copyright, and First Amendment.
Prerequisites: admission to either the communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Describe and explain the systems of laws in the U.S. and individual states (with emphasis on WA State)
- Explain the legal freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and explain how these freedoms Apply to the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations.
- Explain the following legal concepts and apply them to the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations: copyrights and enforcement, trademark creation & enforcement, defamation, privacy tords and defenses, fair trial and free press, contract creation and enforcement, agency principal relations
- Explain and identify the regulations under the FTC, FCC and SEC that restrict the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations.
- Identify conflicts between legal and ethical obligations in the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.
- Explain and apply the rules for access to government meetings and records.
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