COMM 459 - Seminar in Media Systems
Section: 001 Media, Ethics, and Society
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about ethical issues in mass media today. The following questions, among many, will be explored: Does the media have a social responsibility? Are there constraints to the freedoms of the First Amendment and are those constraints based in ethics or the law? How does the resolution of ethical issues affect media and our society? This course will utilize a combination of lecture, student presentation of ethics case briefs and class discussion to explore these issues and many others. Time will be spent on examining various philosophers and theorists to help establish a paradigm for which to examine these issues. In addition, contemporary case studies will be utilized to illustrate the ethical issues confronted in mass media today.

COMM 459 - Seminar in Media Systems
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
3Comm St Major
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section reserved for Communication Studies concentrators. Meets with Comm 459.002
002 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with Comm 459.001
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ISBN: 9780307346704
The elements of journalism : what newspeople should know and the public should expect, Author: Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel., Publisher: Three Rivers Press 1st rev. e 2007
ISBN: 9780073511894
Media ethics : issues and cases, Author: [edited by] Philip Patterson, Lee Wilkins., Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education 6th ed. 2007
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