COM 219

Summer 2009

Ethical Responsibility in Human Communication

Dr. Katy Wiss

Office:  Berkshire 119b

Mailbox:  Berkshire 120b (8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.)

E-mail:  wissk [at] wcsu.edu

Office Hours:  speak to me after class

Phone/Voice Mail:  203-837-8260

Web: http:

 

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Required Texts

Bok,  Sissela.  (1999).  Lying: Moral Choice in Public & Private Life.  New York:  Vintage.

Daniel Goleman. (1996).  Vital Lies, Simple Truths.  New York:  Touchstone.

 Forni, P.M.  (2003).  Choosing Civility.  New York:  St Martin's.

 

Requirements

20%

Ethics Journal:  daily observations of class-related issues.  Typed in Folder.

20%

Reading Responses:  answer specific questions about each reading.  Typed.

20%

Reflection Papers:  combine reflections on readings, class activities and homework, 3 pages.  Typed

10%

Paper on Development of an Ethical Code of Communication  3-5 pages.  Typed.

10%

Presentation of Ethical Code to the Class.  5 minutes

20%

In-class Communication

 

Focus:  Explore and assess issues of responsibility and ethical standards in the field of communication, in both mediated and face-to-face contexts.  Goals of this course include recognition of ethical issues; stimulation of the moral imagination; development of critical/analytical skills, a sense of moral obligation, the ability to consider and speak competently on ethical issues in the field, and to tolerate disagreement.

 

Disability Accommodations:  It is University policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities.  You are under no obligation to reveal a disability to me.  However, the only way to receive an accommodation is by consulting with Disability Services (203-837-8278; TTY 203-837-8284).  Please come see me during my offices to discuss any accommodations.  You must make arrangements for accommodations well in advance of assignments.

 

Academic Misconduct.  I have and will fail students for plagiarism.  Penalties range from failure of the assignment, to failure of the class.  I also report academic misconduct to the Dean of Student Affairs for appropriate action.  Punishment at that level may include expulsion from the University.  The Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities and Judicial Procedures (BR#2000-17) defines "academic misconduct" as "including all forms of cheating and plagiarism.  Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the instructor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects and examinations; and presenting, as one's own, the ideas or words of another person or persons for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgment." You may no longer claim ignorance of the rules on plagiarism.  It is your duty as a student, scholar, and member of this community to be responsible for your own work.]

 

Please read the handout on Course Polices.

 

Course Topics & Reading Assignments

Date

Topic

Journal Assignments & Papers

7/6

Introduction to Course 

Ethics, Morality, Responsibility, Freedom, Intention, Judgment

 

7/7

Unit One:  Lying to Ourselves

Chapter 1  Attention & Pain

Chapter 2:  The Nature of the Mind

Vital Lies, Simple Truths

7/8

Chapter 3:  The Self

Chapter 4:  Cognition

 

7/9

Chapter 5:  Collective Self

Chapter 6: Social Reality

Conclusion:  Solutions 

 

 

7/13

Unit Two:  Lying in Our Culture

Journal Due

7/14

Chapter 1:  What is Truth?

Chapter 2:  Deceit and Trust

Chapter 3:  When to Lie

Chapter 4:  Consequences

Chapter 5:  Equivocation

Lying: Moral Choice in Public & Private Life

Reflection Paper on Ethics and the Self

7/15

Chapter 6:  Excuses

Chapter 7:  Justification

Chapter 8:  Crisis

Chapter 9:  Liars

Chapter 10:  Enemies

 

7/16

Chapter 11:  Peers & Clients

Chapter 12:  Public Good

Chapter 13:  Research

Plagiarism

Chapter 14:  Paternalism

Chapter 15:  Health and Illness

Conclusion

 

 

7/20

Various Philosophers

Lying: Moral Choice in Public & Private Life

Journal Due

7/21

Media Issues

Relationship Between Media and Society

ERES

Reflection Paper on Lying & Choice

7/22

Television, Entertainment,

 

7/23

Violence, Children & Adults

 

 

7/27

Politics, News, Apathy & and the Media

Journal Due

7/28

Privacy

 

7/29

Unit Three:  Ethics in Interaction

What is Civility

Forni, pp. 1-35

7/30

Rules for Civility

Reflection Paper on Ethical Issue in the Media

Forni, pp. 35-152

 

8/3

Civility and Culture

Forni, pp. 152-186

 

8/4

 

Journal Due

Presentations & Paper on Ethical Code of Communication Conduct

8/5

&

8/6

 

Presentations