Communication Ethics

COM 436 ? Critical Issues in Public Communication
This course takes a critical look at public communication (public relations, advertising and journalism).  The course examines individual, institutional, and systemic questions of ethics, social impact, cultural influence and power.  The course challenges participants to evaluate their own personal standards for professional conduct and to develop criteria for evaluating the role of public communication in all aspects of contemporary life.
[Cover art from:  Bivins, Thomas. (2009). Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism (2nd ed.)]
Spring 2011
– syllabus
Ethics in the News assignment and rubrics
– Professional Ethics Narrative assignment
– IRB consent form sample