COMS408-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Communication Ethics

30 points
17 Feb 2020 - 21 Jun 2020

Description

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.

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.

Pre-requisites

Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Restrictions

COMS422, PHIL469

Course Coordinator

Donald Matheson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Introducing case studies1 10% due weekly
Essay: Media and communication standards 22 Mar 2019 25% 2500 words, ± 250 words
Essay: case study 10 May 2019 25% Word limit: 2500 words, ± 250 words
Project 08 Jun 2019 40% Research report word limit: 4000 words, ± 400 words

Textbooks / Resources

There is no textbook for this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,884.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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

  • COMS408-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020