PHIL 222


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: September 30, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Communication, Dr. Ann Atkinson, 358-2466, aatkinso@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Dr. Sander Lee, 358-2777, slee@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Number Change Description Change CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: PHIL 322 Media Ethics Teaching and practice in ethics with use of case studies. Students are taught that information in journalism is a social good, not merely a commodity, and that the journalist shares responsibility for what is transmitted to the public. Prerequisites: JRN 100 or permission of instructor. Occasionally. PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: PHIL 222 Media Ethics PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: From a preliminary analysis of the nature and function of ethics, this course examines contemporary topics in media ethics such as advertising, political reporting, and artistic expression. Also examines some theoretical issues such as the debate over the right to privacy as opposed to the public’s right to know. Prerequisites: JRN 100 or permission of instructor. Occasionally. LEARNING OUTCOMES: . Students will be able to: • Examine and analyze arguments in the area of media ethics from differing philosophical perspectives and make logical connections that reframe their understanding. • Analyze the assumptions and ramifications of ethical discourse from multiple perspectives. Skills Outcomes: Critical Thinking Students will be able to: • Analyze and interpret arguments made by oneself and by others to formulate and defend a conjecture or thesis • Synthesize information, arguments, and perspectives in order to create new meaning, insight, and understanding • Develop analytical arguments • Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems • Acknowledge and develop both insight and perspective RATIONALE: Like other ethics courses in the department, this course focuses on experiential activities, case studies, observation, and research papers. These approaches and skills are particularly appropriate for students to learn in their first few years of study, as this course helps prepare students for the demands of upper-level courses in the department, which are generally more theoretically-oriented. Consequently, the department agreed to renumber all of our ethics courses at the 200 level. PHIL 320 Ethics has already undergone the curricular process and is now offered as IHPHIL 220. At this time, we are also submitting a proposal to renumber COMM 320 Ethics in Communication as COMM 220. In addition, this course will no longer be cross-listed with JRN 322 as that course has been redesigned as JRN 323 Journalism Law and Ethics. For this reason, the course description for PHIL 222 has been changed to reflect a broader concept of “media”. RESOURCES: No additional staffing needed. Dr. Allyson Mount and Dr. Sander Lee will teach this course. ADVISORY OPINIONS: None needed.


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PHIL 222