15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The module will reflect on the state of freedom of expression across the world as well as considering the relevance of the dominant theoretical rationales for freedom of expression to today's digital environment. It engages with live and diverse challenges confronting the realisation of freedom of expression in the contemporary era, and involves students considering appropriate human rights-based responses to such issues as physical attacks on and the online harassment of journalists and others speaking out; the protection of journalistic sources and whistle-blowers; the use of surveillance technologies; the responsibilities of social media platforms for harmful content and artificial intelligence.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical skills assessment

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