Washington State University
COM 563: Ethics for Professionals
Fall 2020 • 3 Credits • The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
The course goal of COM 563 Ethics For Professionals is a challenging and thought-provoking course. Class readings, research, forum-based discussion, and graduate student-led lessons force a deeper understanding of the principles of others, allowing me to progress in articulating my ethical perspectives in complex analysis of what is right and what is wrong.
Texts and Resources:
|The Elements of Moral Philosophy (any recent edition of this text is acceptable, though chapter numbers may differ from the most recent edition)||James Rachels & Stuart Rachels||8th ed.||9780078119064|
|Ethics in Human Communciation||Johannesen, Valde & Whedbee||6th ed.||978-1577665557|
Samples Assignments: Student Led-Discussion
Title: The NBA, Twitter, and Communication Ethics
Author: Anthony Jennings, Washington State University
Rosie, Perper (Oct 22, 2019). China and the NBA are coming to blows over a pro-Hong Kong tweet. Here’s why. Business Insider. Retrieved from https://www.businessinsider.com/nba-china-feud-timeline-daryl-morey-tweet-hong-kong-protests-2019-10#in-response-to-the-backlash-tilman-fertitta-the-owner-of-the-rockets-addressed-the-controversy-on-october-5-2
Prompts (Please select 1-2 and discuss)
- Codes of Ethics or Conduct can act as ethical oversight. Do you believe the NBA provides adequate supervision as it pertains to ethical communication and personal social media use for employees? Do you think the NBA or the Team owner has a responsibility to address the Tweet of a Team General Manager?
- Concerning the responsive actions of our Actors, do you believe the Houston Rockets Governor acted ethically in removing themselves from political affiliation with the Tweet by responding via Twitter? Is it the responsibility of an Organization (Team Owner in this situation) to address social media communication from an employee?
- A universalist approach, as discussed in Lesson 8 of COM 563, believes in a standard set of rules. Rules and ethical standards that apply across cultures. Do any universal ethical practices, or timeless virtues, refer to this situation?
- The Houston Rockets GM’s Tweet led to negatively impacted global business relationships and projected losses in revenue. Should the Houston Rockets GM lose social media privileges? In any situation, is censorship of employee personal communications ethically justified? Should all employees of an organization be allowed freedom to communicate via social media, and if so, should restrictions exist?
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The following writing samples are available in .txt format:
Introduce Yourself & L1 Ethics Definition
L2 Moral Development
L5 Virtue Theory
L6 (Interpersonal) Dialogical Perspectives
L7 Organizational Communication and Ethics Codes
L8 Intercultural and Multicultural Communication Ethics
L9-12 Student-led Topic TBD
Project Presentations 13-15
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