COMS408-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Communication Ethics

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


This course introduces students to a range of ethical frameworks by which to study the responsibilities of media producers, the tenor of the relationships enabled by their textual practices, the quality of public spaces opened up in public communication and the social impact of mediated communication.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:
- understand ethical frameworks for studying questions of the good, right and true communication, including deontological, utilitarian,
virtue, communitarian and dialogic theories of ethics
- apply a number of these theories to issues in mediated communication
- reflect upon the ethical dimensions of their own and their society’s communication practices
- analyse the relationship between ethics and power, using among others theories of public communication and dialogue.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


COMS422, PHIL469

Course Coordinator

Donald Matheson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Introducing case studies1 10% due weekly
Essay: Media and communication standards 10 Aug 2018 25% 2500 words, ± 250 words
Essay: case study 21 Sep 2018 25% Word limit: 2500 words, ± 250 words
Project 19 Oct 2018 40% Research report word limit: 4000 words, ± 400 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,811.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS408 Occurrences

  • COMS408-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018