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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 123 (GH) Introduction to Ethics in Media and Journalism (3) Studies ethical problems, human values, and politics in differing media forms and the ways media shape such problems and values.

PHIL 123 Introduction to Ethics in Media and Journalism (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for Philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 423.) PHIL 123 will provide a critical survey of media and journalism ethics and media philosophy towards developing the student's critical media literacy and understanding of central ethical problems in the media and journalism. The course will develop an analytical comprehension of the complex relations between society and culture, the media, and philosophical and ethical problems. It will consider philosophical questions of truth, knowledge, interpretation and evaluation, and the role media culture plays in the formation of truth and knowledge in addition to specific ethical case studies. The thought of major, influential figures and their works will be emphasized, such as Hobbes, Hegel, Marx, Jefferson, Dewey, Habermas, Adorno, McLuhan, and Beauchamp. Additionally, the course shall develop the student's understanding of the relation between contemporary technological society and changing human values. Students will be graded on participation, case study analyses, a group presentation and response, and a final paper. PHIL 123 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill the major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course is offered every other year with an enrollment of 35-50 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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