1 essay question only, no choice
The question will be:
Should we work to create a professional code of
conduct ie: a code of ethics that all media
everywhere should follow? If so, what should it look
like? If not, why not? Explain using course
PREPARATION FOR MIDTERM TEST
The test will be composed of 2 sections
The test will be evaluated out of 40 marks
Section 1: Readings
You will be asked to be able to complete a short-answer
question about one of your readings
Worth 10 marks
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE
CONCEPT OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Q U E S T I O N : W H AT I S T H E P U B L I C S P H E R E , A N D W H AT
S O RT S O F E T H I C A L O B L I G AT I O N S D O T H O S E W H O
PA RT I C I PAT E I N I T H AV E ?
HISTORIC CHANGES: A SENSE
TELLING, AND DEMOCRACY
Question: Is the news media still an effective
guardian of democracy?
What is the marketplace of ideas, and what is
the role that journalism plays there?
What does it mean for journalists to be
Question: Does Utilitarianism offer
the solutions that we have been
Where does Utilitarianism come from?
What is Utilitarianism?
A teleological theory that determines if actions are morally
right or wrong by ask
IF A IS
E OR S
R EF O
R R ?
IN ME E
E A SU
H C S
I H A
TH THI N : H EO D I AE T H
E CH I O NE MD O F
TE S T T H I N
U OM T
Q R A
F H SE
THE PAPARAZZI AND
Question: What are the potential
dangers of sensational reporting and
WHAT IS SENSATIONALISM?
2 different types of sensationalism:
Reporting on insignificant matters as if they carry
Culture Clashes in
the Global Village
Question: What rules, if any, should govern the
media when it comes to respecting global diversity?
Jyllands-Posten publishes the
cartoons 30 September 2005
The Ethical Limits of
Question: Should we place
limitations on advertising?
Is Advertising Really so
The Case for Ads Including Popups, Spam, and Product Placement
The capitalist context and
abundance of our world means
RELIGION IN A
Q U E S T I O N : W H AT S H O U L D T H E R E L AT I O N S H I P
B E T W E E N T H E M O D E R N M E D I A A N D T H E VA R I O U S
FA I T H S W I T H W H I C H I T I N T E R A C T S B E L I K E ?
CONGREGATIONS AND THE ME
Selling Ethical Choices
Question: Are ethics something that we can buy?
WHAT ARE ETHICAL PRODUCTS?
Types of Ethical Products
Products which claim to reduce pollution or energy consumption
by a certain quantifiable amount, and are therefore
Question: Does the media have an
ethical duty to represent men and
women equally and accurately; and if
so, are they meeting this obligation?
An introduction to gender
The difference between sex and
TERMINOLOGY AND MORAL
Question: What constitutes a moral dilemma and
how do we resolve it?
THE MORAL DILEMMA IN GENERAL
What is Ethics?
A Case Study: That Moment when you Find
do you do?
you have a
good reason to be
For next class you are being asked to read a scholarly
article on Relativism. Critical reading entails more than
just scanning the text, and you should always be able to
identify the following 3 things:
Thesis: What is the authors arg
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1861
CHAPTER II What Utilitarianism Is
The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness
Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong
Question: What different types of
violence appear in the media and are
these various forms of violence cause for
What 3 groups does Riddle identify as bearing an
ethical responsibility for reducing childrens
ACCESS TO AND CONTROL
OVER THE INTERNET AND
Question: How important is it that
we ensure equitable (and relatively
unrestricted) access to new media
The Philippines: Internet, Integration, and
the news media
face in times of
w a r , a n d w h a t a re
THE JUST WAR CONCEPT
WHAT IS A JUST WAR?
Cicero: one can go to war and be morally justifi ed
Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals, 1785
Nothing can possibly be conceived in the world, or even out of it, which can be called good without
qualification, except a good will. Intelligence, wit, judgment, and other talents o
Question: Is the mass media corrupt and are
challenges to the current system morally just?
Access to Information and
Potential Constraints on the
Freedom to Information as a
Universal Human Right:
The Universal Declarati