FAM3000F The Media in South Africa
NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7
Third-year, first-semester course, two lectures, and one double-period or two single-period seminars per week
The course is open to third-year Film and Media Production programme students in good standing or to students majoring in Media and Writing who have completed FAM2000F and FAM2003S or at the dicretion of the Head of Department.
The Constitution of South Africa enshrines the freedom of the press and other media, but students entering the world of media work will discover that their freedom of expression is, in practice, subject to a gridwork of constraints. Knowledge of these constraints is vitally important to anyone wanting a career in media and public communication. As such, this course maps out key regulatory, ethical and legal parameters circumscribing the freedom to speak in the public domain. The course deals with controversial issues such as those surrounding media ethics, invasions of privacy, betrayal of sources, hate speech, obscenity, incitement, blasphemy, defamation, ‘political correctness’, codes of conduct, building on the exploration of the ways in which media constitute public spaces initiated in FAM2003S. Students also choose from a menu of seminars that run parallel to the lecture series described above.
Lectures: 2nd period, Monday and Wednesday.
Seminars: double period or 2 single-period weekly
All written work must be submitted by the stipulated dates. Students who miss more than two seminars will lose their DPs.
Seminar 50%; class essays 20%; a two-hour examination 30%.