COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Communication and Ethics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MMC 302
Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives -probe into core ethical theories that have provided the foundations of prominent social and political institutions -examine key ethical issues (rights, responsibilities) involved in various communication contexts and processes (coverage, interaction, promotion, technological novelties) -encourage students to apply theory to practice by drawing upon real-world case studies in communications
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • develop awareness of different normative considerations of ethics and identify their uses and limits
  • comprehend the importance of ethics and the implications of its conceptualization in the communication framework
  • explore contemporary topics in communication ethics – free speech, journalism, public speaking, political communication, public relations, and blogging
  • evaluate moral decision-making in controversial issues raised in professional communication and media practices
  • analyze ethical situations across various communication paradigms and reflect on different perspectives
  • demonstrate critical thinking of ethics and their role in the organization of culture and society
Course Content This course is designed to introduce students to diverse philosophical approaches to ethics and explore major moral dilemmas that are addressed in the wider communication field and its professional practices. ACADEMIC CAUTION: Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility. \n\nPlagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words. \n\n\n\nA detailed informative guideline regarding plagiarism can be found here.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to course
2 Theoretical Ethics I: Deontological Ethical Theories Main Text Chapter 1
3 Theoretical Ethics II: Consequentialist Ethical Theories Main Text Chapter 1
4 Theoretical Ethics III: Virtue Theories Main Text Chapter 1
5 Applied Ethics Main Text Chapter 2
6 Ethics in Jornalism Main Text Chapter 3
7 Truth Main Text Chapter 4
8 Ethics in Public Speaking Main Text Chapter 5
9 MIDTERM
10 Documentary Screening
11 Ethics in Public Relations Main Text Chapter 6
12 New Media and Ethics I Main Text Chapter 7
13 New Media and Ethics II Main Text Chapter 7
14 Review of the Term
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Main text: A packet that includes hand-out materials and Powerpoint presentations.
References Websites:- World Press Institute: www.worldpressinstitute.org - Society of Professional Journalists: www.spj.org/ethics.asp - Freedom Forum: www.freedomfourm.org - Reporters Without Borders: www.rsf.org - Art Science Media Laboratory Media Ethics Project: www.stinkyjournalism.org - Institute of Business Ethics: www.ibe.org.uk - International Business Ethics Institute: www.business-ethics.org - Institute for Global Ethics: www.globalethics.org - Ethics Resource Center: www.ethics.org - Business for Social Responsibility: www.brs.org\n- Advertising Age: www.adage.com

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
15
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
35
Final / Oral Exam
1
50
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
35
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
    Total
115

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process.
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public. X
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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