Ethics of Journalism

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ethics of Journalism

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Journalism, Media and Journalism

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module engages the question: What ought journalists to do? It has readings in classical ethical theory -- Plato and Aristotle -- Enlightenment thinkers such as Kant and J.S. Mill, and contemporary writers such as Jonathan Haight and Peter Singer. It has a component of democratic political theory and a substantial engagement with journalism as it is practiced today in all media form.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. 1. Answer the questions, 'What ought I to do?' and 'On whose authority?'
    2. 2. Apply classical ethical theory to contemporary professional communication practice
    3. 3. Resolve contradictory moral obligations in the field of journalism and other mass communication professions
    4. 4. Participate meaningfully and compellingly in group discussion of ethical quandries and connundrums
    5. 5. Write thoughtfully and reasonably on matters of resolving moral dilemmas in the field of journalism and other areas of professional communication
    6. Place journalistic moral obligation in the context of Western liberal democracies and consider alternative contexts

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