COMM1016 Ethics, Law and Communication (3 units)
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This course provides some basic knowledge of laws affecting the practice of media and communication workers. It also examines the ethical issues involved in communication. There’s more to our professions than just the ‘how to’. There are questions about and challenges to what we do every day. These are not just questions of what legally we can and can’t do, but what we should and shouldn’t do. We will look at the issues you will face on the job every day, and have to make quick judgment calls about. This course will examine and debate those issues and decide where you stand, so when you are faced with a pressure situation, you can make a quick and ethical decision so that you can become an ethical communicator regarding traditional and/or on-line media. We will examine the ethical theories of a variety of thinkers/writers and see what light they shed on the topic of living and communicating with integrity. Codes of practice in different communication contexts will also be analysed.
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