Dec 01, 2021
COM 460 - Communication Law
Understanding legal issues for the communication professions including libel, slander, privacy, copyright, and First Amendment.
Prerequisites: admission to either the liberal studies, communication studies, public relations, film, or journalism major.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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 torts and defenses, fair trial and free press, contract creation and enforcement, agency principal relations.
- Recall and apply the rules for access to government meetings and records.
- Appraise the systems of laws in the U.S. and individual states, with emphasis on Washington State.
- Compare and contrast the legal freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and synthesize how these freedoms apply to the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations.
- Compare and contrast the regulations under the FTC, FCC and SEC that restrict the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations.
- Summarize and defend the ethical standards and guidelines set by professional organizations in mass media.
- Judge and justify legal and ethical obligations in the practices of advertising, broadcasting, journalism, and public relations.
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
Anticipated Course Offering Terms and Locations:
Fall Locations: Ellensburg, Online Winter Locations: Ellensburg, Online Spring Locations: Ellensburg, Online Summer Locations: Ellensburg, Online
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