Courses Catalogue

Media And Human Rights

COURSE CODE: MCO 3206
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Bachelor of arts in mass communication
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

 The course addresses the complex interconnection of human rights and the media, tackling philosophical, legal and cultural aspects. It grants students, foundational knowledge of media, human rights, policy and practice enabling them probe historical developments and contemporary issues, in view of the rapid, social and technological changes.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION 

The course focuses on the co-existence of media and humanity with the dynamics of society. It considers media as an entity for humanity, to be favored as the masses mouthpiece, of who are entitled to their individual rights.

PURPOSE OF COURSE

The course will address the complex interconnection between human rights and the media. Discussions will address issues that have to be with philosophical, legal and cultural aspects of the debate over human rights and the media. Students will develop foundational knowledge in media and human rights theory, policy and practice, and explore both historical developments and contemporary issues. Special attention will be directed towards the relationship between human rights and the media in a context of rapid social and technological change.

COURSE OBJECTIVES 

  • At the end of the course, students should be able to; 
  • Explain individual, group and organisational rights locally and internationally
  • Advocate for individuals rights by promoting democracy
  • Explain the relationship between human rights and the media
  • Understand the dynamics of, freedom of expression and human rights in the digital era.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the completion of the course students should be able to;

  • Use human rights tools to promote individual and community rights
  • Promote human rights through the media
  • Distinguish human rights from the media, portraying the blending aspect

Practice freedom of expression as stipulated within the required limits.