Media Ethics and Moral Reasoning

Media Ethics and Moral Reasoning
Advanced application of moral reasoning and understanding of ethical issues in mass communication. Approaches may include current cases and issues, professional practices, and philosophical foundations of ethics.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesComms 300 or instructor's consent.
 TaughtContact Department
 ProgramsContaining COMMS 480
Course Outcomes

Communication Ethics Fundamentals

Students will understand the moral foundations, philosophical theories and values underlying the ethics of professional communications, and the role of the media in a democratic society.

Moral Reasoning and Ethical Decision-Making

Students will develop moral reasoning skills and judgment mechanisms for informed ethical decision-making; for applying with precision, clarity, and subtlety a systematic, normative approach to the consideration, discussion and judgment of ethical dilemmas.

Assessing Moral Arguments

Students will understand and assess moral arguments.

Applied Ethics

Students will become knowledgeable about basic concepts in applied ethics such as deception, secrecy, loyalty, universality, reciprocity, etc.

Law, Ethics, and Religion

Students will understand the relationships among law, ethics, and religion.

Professional Ethics and Conduct

Students will develop a personal ethical framework and a commitment to ethical conduct as a professional communicator and as a member of society.