Jessica S. Robles
Ethical problems in interpersonal and public speech communication. Alternative ways of evaluating and responding to moral problems in a variety of communication situations.
This class is about communication troubles and challenges—from the littlest white lie to the most intractable conflict. What is the role of communication in making and unmaking problems in everyday life? In this class we will explore philosophical and practical dimensions of the communicative construction of “good and evil” in relational, cultural, organizational, and institutional contexts.
Student learning goals
To explain how morality and ethics can be defined and interpreted from different perspectives
To apply moral and ethical concepts to real examples using communication methods
To reflect on ways of addressing communication problems in a variety of contexts
To write an in-depth essay that makes an argument about a moral issue of your choice
General method of instruction
The course is divided into three units. The first unit introduces definitions, topics, theories, and methods related to communication and ethics. The second unit reviews examples of research across the communication field which relate to communication ethics. The third unit focuses on research in applied communication, and completing the final essay. Class time will focus on working with examples, completing activities, and discussing these in relation to readings. These will be interspersed with small lectures and the occasional in-class assignment or quiz. Out of class, you will be expected to read, write, think, and submit homework related to course concepts.
You should have an interest in ethical or moral issues and how they might be communicated or addressed through communication. You should prepare yourself to do a lot of reading and writing.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include reading, writing, activities, and quizzes. The main assignment is a course project which includes many little assignments across the class. Many of these build on each other, and are preparation for the midterm and final essays.