Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Information Law
Study: Bachelor in Journalism (212)

Coordinating teacher: VIDA FERNANDEZ, JOSE

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Public State Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1. Understading the legal framework for media professionals. 2. Ability to deal with basic legal concepts related to the fundamental rights of communication, media law and professional regulation. 3. Approach to legal institution and language.
Description of contents: programme
I. FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND INFORMATION 1. Constitutional grounds of the right to freedom of expression and information. 2. Legal sources of Media Law. 3. Fundamental rights to freedom of expression and information. 4. Constitutional guarantees and protection of freedom of expression and information. 5. Limits on the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and information (I): personality rights. 6. Limits on the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and information (II): limits from other constitutional interests. II. LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR JOURNALIST 7. Regulation of journalistic activities and professionals. 8. Access to information and sources. III. LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF TRADITIONAL AND NEW MEDIA 9. The Spanish audiovisual sector within the European context. 10. Regulation of mass media. IV. INFORMATION LAW 11. Legal framework for media content. 12. Intellectual property. 13. Advertising and Marketing Law.
Learning activities and methodology
The learning process is based on a practice-oriented education. Therefore, regular lectures will be supplemented with in-class analysis and discussion of cases and materials, which will facilitate the understanding and application of the legal concepts. The teaching activities are divided into "lecture type" sessions (for the whole group) and case-oriented sessions or discussion groups (in small rooms). The activities carried out in small groups are subject to the "on-going" or continuing evaluation during the course. 1. In the lecturing sessions, the professor will present the main concepts and ideas, pertaining to each of the units or lessons in which the syllabus is divided. 2. Case-oriented sessions will provide a practical approach to the different topics, through the analysis and discussion of real cases or selected reading materials. In the small groups, the curricular activities might also include "multiple choice" tests or other types of exams, covering a part of the course program. Those activities will be duly announced by the professor in the "Aula Global" website. Sessions will be face-to-face except in case of exceptional measures for those groups designated for online teaching. Mentoring will be at the time and under the conditions determined by the teacher in Aula Global. If new extraordinary measures that require online teaching are adopted, the course will continue under the same conditions initially established (same syllabus, methodology, activities, etc.), and the case-oriented sessions (small groups) will go online.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Emilio Guichot Reina. Derecho de la Comunicación. Iustel. 2019
  • M. Asunción Torres López; J. M. Souvirón Morenilla; M. J. Rozados Oliva. Elementos para el estudio del Derecho de la Comunicación. Tecnos. 2019
  • Santiago Rodríguez Bajón. Manual de Derecho de la Comunicación Audiovisual. Aranzadi-Thomson. 2019
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Andres Boix Palop (dir). Regulación y control sobre contenidos audiovisuales en España. Marcial Pons. 2017
  • Cristina Pauner Chulvi. Derecho de la Información. Tirant lo Blanch. 2014
  • M. Luisa Balaguer Callejón. Derecho de la Comunicación. Tecnos. 2013
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.