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TVRA 7713 Media and Communication History and Regulation (Reile): Home

OER for Dr. Wiebke Reile's course.

Professor Information

Dr. Weibke Reile.Professor: Dr. Wiebke Reile
Office Hours: By appointment only.
Online Meetings: Skype, FaceTime available in the evening. By appointment.
Email: or
Class: Mondays, 6:30-9:15

Course Syllabus (WORD) [download & print]

Important Dates for Fall 2019

  • August 27, Tuesday: Start of Fall Term - Classes begin
  • September 2, Monday: College Closed, Last day to add a course, Last day to drop for 75% tuition refund
  • September 5, Thursday: Classes follow Monday schedule
  • September 9, Monday: Last day to drop for 50% tuition refund
  • September 30 & 31, Monday-Tuesday: No classes scheduled
  • October 8 & 9, Tuesday-Wednesday: No classes scheduled
  • October 14, Monday: College Closed
  • October 16, Wednesday: Classes follow Monday schedule
  • November 5, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of W
  • November 28 & 29, Thursday-Friday: College Closed
  • December 14 & 20, Saturday-Friday: Final Examinations
  • December 20, Friday: End of Fall Term


Course Schedule
Date Topic
September 5, 2019 Intro to course
September 9, 2029 Foundations and The American Legal System, The Courts, and The Constitution
September 16, 2019 The First Amendment: The Meaning of Freedom
September 23, 2019 The First Amendment and Contemporary Problems
October 7, 2019 Digital Divide, Broadband, and Access to Information
October 16, 2019 Libel: Establishing a Case and New York Times Vs. Sullivan
October 21, 2019 Libel: Proof of Fault/ Post Sullivan/ Defense and Damages
October 28, 2019 Exam
November 4, 2019 Invasion of Privacy: Appropriation & Intrusion
November 11, 2019 Invasion of Privacy: Publication and False Light
November 18, 2019 Data Discrimination
November 25, 2019 Regulation of Obscene and Erotic Material
December 2, 2019 Copyright
December 8, 2019 Regulation of Advertising/ FINAL REVIEW
December 16, 2019 Final Exam

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  • All course materials for this course will be provided to students for FREE.
  • There is no textbook to purchase.
  • All readings and assignments will be available on this very site you are on, the TVRA 7713 OER web site or provided to students in class.
  • Readings need to be done before class as we will be talking about them in class.

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Departmental Objectives for Course

The department seeks to maintain an eye toward the evolution of communications law in the United States, but to also provide students with a thorough understanding of very present-day cases and controversies that students are likely to face in virtually any career in media related fields. Students will be exposed to a vast array of media topics, from the history, adoption and interpretation of the First Amendment, right up to the most recent judicial opinions, statutory enactments and regulatory controversies impacting defamation law; invasion of privacy; the regulation of obscenity; copyright and other areas of intellectual property; and the regulation of advertising; among other media centric topics. The department endeavors to provide students with the most practical preparation on matters affecting speech and all other forms of contemporary expression for future use in, among others, the print, film, television, music, art, advertising and digital media fields (Brooklyn College, 2018).

Course Description

In-depth industrial and cultural historical overview of the development of electronic mass communication. Historical and legal approaches and methods.

Prerequisite or corequisite: Television and Radio 7701X [701X]; or permission of the deputy chairperson.

Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives:

  1. Students will learn all the core principles Media Law and Communication Policy.
  2. Students will be able to critically analyze current governmental policies on media law cases.
  3. Students will understand their legal obligations within the contemporary media world.
  4. Students will be able to analyze issues and controversies from ethical, legal and social perspectives in their professional practices.

Larger Objectives:

  1. Where does U.S. media law come from, and how does it get made?
  2. What are theoretical and practical approaches to addressing media law issues?
  3. How and why have media law and policy evolved from the past to the present, and what does that mean for concepts of individual freedom, democratic politics and the media?

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