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Roger A Simpson
COM 468
Seattle Campus

Media Ethics

Explores ethical issues and ethical decision-making as they pertain to journalistic and media practices. Offered: ASp.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No course prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Using UW 4.0 scale, 40 percent of the grade will come from midterm examinations, 30 percent from a group project, 10 percent from a discussion forum posting, and 20 percent from quiz section work.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Roger A Simpson
Date: 03/28/2014