Media Ethics
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDM 5312
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Ethics & Social Responsibility
  • Media & Management
  • Media Studies
This course provides students with a theoretical foundation that enables them to identify and analyze ethical issues in the media. It explores the scholarly literature on media ethics, lying and deception, and recent research into the brain and moral choices. The focus is on current ethical issues in the media, especially the dilemma between the need to generate profit and the imperative of providing a public service. Questions addressed in the course include, do advertising and journalism operate under the same ethical rules? How much information should the media provide about the private lives of public figures? And what should be the proper influence of competition and the profit motive on the news? Among the topics that are explored through the analysis and discussions of case studies are the role of the media and journalists in society; the meaning of justice; the reciprocity gene; the wisdom of crowds; privacy online; free speech; and how blogs, opinion-oriented media, social media, and editorials relate to freedom of the press.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Not open to Parsons School of Design students.