75525 - Media Law

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

Program / Content

· International and EU principles of free expression of thought.
· Article 21 of the italian Constitution, implicit and explicit limits for freedom of expression. The regulation of electoral campaigns  

- Freedom of the press, criticism satire

- The regulation of journalism in Italy

- The regulation of online copyright

- The regulation of privacy 

- The discipline of press companies
- The public and private broadcasting between national and European rules
- The regulation of the Internet: searching  a regulatory framework 
- The regulation of electronic communications
- Public communication

- Regulation of advertising




1. G. Gardini, Le regole dell'informazione. L'era della post-verità, Torino, GIAPPICHELLI Editore, 2017




 -Relazione annuale Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, anno 2018, www.agcom.it

Teaching methods

Lectures with PowerPoint support, critical reading of  selected articles of main newspapers and specialized magazines. Depending on number of students attending lessons should be defined some area of interest in order to deepen specific arguments.

Assessment methods

The determination of the final vote will be based on a written test consisting of two open-ended questions, each answer should be developed in maximum 2 pages. For foreign and Erasmus students the exam could be oral: please write to prof. Caporale if interested inn this option.

The failure achieved in one of two responses determines the failure of the written test and then the lack of access to oral.

In case of a positive result of the written test, and only to the date set for oral exam, the student may apply to take an oral exam: the results of this test contributes to all effects to the final evaluation.

The integration of the written test may be requested by the professor, in this case the oral exam is MANDATORY: if the student does not substain it, the result of the written test would be invalidated and the examination is intended to be FAILED.

The result of the written test (and the eventual call for oral mandatory) will be communicated to the students in the days before the oral exam, but the commettee reserves the right to disclose the results of the written test up to the day of the oral, in relation to the number of tasks to be corrected and the time required to perform the correction.

Depending from the number of students that will attend the lessons should be defined different way for final exam. 

The candidate is required to record the vote (resulting from the written test or integrated with the oral examination) within the date of the following exam.


Procedure 1

The final grade can be verbalized  at the oral exam sessions, so that students can countersign the verbalization in ALMAESAMI. Verbalizations are NOT allowed during the reception or at the request of the student for dates not in coincidence with the officials ones.

Procedure 2

Verbalization may be required in the absence of the student, but the student must send an e-mail from his/her institutional address (tizio.rossi @ studio.unibo.it) to the professor within 3 days after the date of the oral exam ( that is the esam in which it has been passed the exam or other subsequent) publicized on the website of the course.

The request sent by mail must contain:

- Name and surname,

- Student's serial number,

- Name of the course (Iex: Information law...) for which the student asks the verbalization;

- Vote intended to be accepted and date of the exam in which the student take the exam,

- The authorization for the teacher to carry out the verbalization his absence of the student.

- In addition, students who still have the obligation to deliver the booklet paper should fill in the same line of the pencil booklet with information on the examination supported (case, given the appeal of oral verbalization, voting) in order to respect the temporal progression actual exams in time and bring the booklet to be signed by the prof. Caporale (booking himself in office hours, sending an e mail to the prof.) no later than 30 days from the date of the appeal.

Requests will not be considered outside the specified timeframe or without even one of the required elements. The verbalizations are possible only for the dates of the oral exam sessions advertised through websites of faculty and degree course.

It is NOT expected that the teacher sends a message to students (or to confirm the vote or to indicate the incompleteness of the application). It is responsibility of the student to verify (within 10 days by the call) the correct verbalization on the website Almaesami.

In the alerts section of the website of the teacher is available a facsimile e mail to be sent.

The candidate may only invoke the grade obtained in the most recent attempt to pass the exam.

Teaching tools

Prof. Caporale will supply any material during the course, exceeding the ones considered mandatory, using the list of distribution system. Students are strongly recommended to attend to the first lesson or to write to prof. Caporale in order to have password and any information about it.

Office hours

See the website of Marina Caporale