COMM 3735 – Ethics, Law and Media
(3 credits – TG) 3 hours lecture and tutorial combined
This course considers ethics and law in relation to the media, and how media law and ethics are linked to democracy, public trust, the digital environment and citizenship. As with all everyday decision-making, both media ethics and law involve weighing competing interests and potential benefits and harms. The media, when weighing these, are often faced with privacy concerns or other barriers that impede the public’s right to know about things that impact them. The course aims to equip students with a basic understanding of the justice system, as well as an enriched daily decision-making process with which to think through the moral, ethical and legal dilemmas that may confront them as they work in – or consume – various forms of media.