COMM 4300

COMM 4300

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course examines moral and ethical issues in communication, new media, and technology. Using theories and research in moral philosophy and psychology, we examine how people perceive and reason about ethical issues presented by media and technology, and how moral action is influenced by cognitive, emotional, and ethical belief systems. Issues of autonomy, transparency, harm, privacy, manipulation, justice, democracy, equality, and care are discussed. We analyze the consistency between personal and professional ethics, the importance of moral character and agency, and the translation of moral thought to ethical action, and address the development of professional and personal ethical codes of conduct and research for communication professionals in the areas of new media and technology.

When Offered Fall, Winter, Summer.

Distribution Category (CA-AG, KCM-AG)

Comments Credit hours reflect an intermission midway through each class period.

  • Students will be able to increase awareness of moral and ethical issues in media, technology, and communication.
  • Students will be able to explain moral psychology and ethical principles.
  • Students will be able to examine moral reasoning and ethical responsibilities—both personal and professional—that affect people and society.
  • Students will be able to examine issues and implications of ethical relativism and ethical principles.
  • Students will be able to reason thoughtfully and ethically about current cases and news items in communication, media, and technology.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Winter Session.  Combined with: COMM 5300INFO 4301INFO 5301

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1121 COMM 4300   SEM 101

    • MTWRF Online Meeting
    • Jan 2 - Jan 19, 2024
    • Schrader, D

  • Instruction Mode: Distance Learning-Synchronous
    This Online Winter Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit