Roger A Simpson
Explores ethical issues and ethical decision-making as they pertain to journalistic and media practices. Offered: ASp.
Identification of ethical dilemmas, the ways of thinking about ethical obligations, the process of resolving ethical conflicts in public-affairs communication, including mainstream media, digital media and social media.
Student learning goals
• identify an ethical dilemma, describe the choices faced by the moral agent, and explain the moral implications of each choice;
• demonstrate resolution of ethical dilemmas by applying key concepts of truthfulness, fairness, respect,and transparency;
• propose case resolutions in a framework that takes into account cultures and communities of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age and world view;
• distinguish how utilitarian, deontological, existential and other belief systems address ethical choices;
• distinguish individual and collective responsibilities when organizations face dilemmas;
• illustrate how new and evolving forms of technology affect ethical considerations.
General method of instruction
Mix of content briefings, case study problem solving, extensive instructor feedback, peer discussion
No course prerequisites. Some experience in media work is helpful, but not essential. Thoughtful attention to a variety of news media is essential.
Class assignments and grading
Reports based on case study problem solutions, individual written reports on key issues, quizzes, discussion forums
Using UW 4.0 scale, 30 percent of the grade will come from the final examination, 50 percent from specific assigned papers, and 20 percent from participation in class forums.