Media and ethics

Course Code :1100PSWMET
Study domain:Philosophy and Ethics
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Johan Taels

3. Course contents *

The course opens (Ch. 1) with an outline of the specific characteristics and methods of an ethical case-study and with a general survey of three dominant contemporary moral theories (consequentialism, deontic ethics, virtue ethics). Ch. 2 gives attention to the status of professional codes of ethics and to the practice and the rules of journalistic deontology and Ch. 3 to the distinction between objectivity and neutrality in covering international crises. Ch. 4 highlights the ethics of advertising, with special attention to alcohol advertising and Ch. 5 examines in which sense the distinction between modern and postmodern ethics has relevance to media ethics. The final chapter (Ch. 6) focusses on the ambiguous force of 'the comical' in mass media.