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Media Law & Ethics
MED LAW/ETHICS
CLASS CODE: COMM 307 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: BUSINESS & COMMUNICATION
DEPARTMENT: COMMUNICATION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Examines foundational principles of free speech and free press, with succeeding judicial and governmental interpretations, in Anglo-American society; surveys significant ethics principles and moral/ethical issues that confront media professionals and organizations.
DESCRIPTION: Examines foundational principles of free speech and free press in Anglo-American society; Surveys significant ethics principles and moral/ethical issues encountered by media professionals. It introduces ethical and legal theories applied to the professional problems affecting the disciplines of Broadcast and Print Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations. It looks at how the law and media ethics affect human interaction, media policy and the media professions.
TOPICS: Introduction to Media Law and Ethics Concepts. Defamation Law and Ethics. Privacy Law and Ethics. Conflicts of Government and Press. Obscenity and the Law; Intellectual Property Law. Legal and Ethical Concerns in Advertising and Public Relations. Regulation of Electronic Media--Law and Ethics.
Texts: "Mass Media Law," D.R. Pember, McGraw-Hill: New York, London [2001-2002 edition] and "Media Ethics: Issues and Cases," P.Patterson and L. Wilkinson, McGraw-Hill: New York, London [2002].
OBJECTIVES: To help the student to describe, understand, explain, relate, and differentiate between the legal and the ethical/moral aspects involved in contemporary situations.
REQUIREMENTS: 550 Total Points for all assignments, excluding extra credit. EVALUATIONS: 10 x 10 pts = 100 pts. PAPERS: 2 x 50 pts = 100 pts. CLASS PARTICIPATION: 5 x 10 pts = 50 pts. EXAMS: 300 pts. There will be four objective tests given throughout the semester. EXTRA CREDIT: 10 pts possible. Choose from ONE of these four options for extra credit: 95% Attendance; 100 Vocabulary Words; Study Lab/Writing Lab Sessions; Service Project.

GRADING CRITERIA:
A+ (96 to 100%);
A (93 to 95%);
A- (89 to 92%);
B+ (86 to 88%);
B (83 to 85%);
B- (79 to 82%);
C+ (76 to 78%);
C (73 to 75%);
C- (69 to 72%);
D+ (66 to 68%);
D (63 to 65%);
D- (59 to 62%);
F (58% or less).
PREREQUISITES: COMM 102, COMM 111, and COMM 140
OTHER: You are expected to attend and to be on time for all of each class. You should come to class having read and outlined each class assignment so that you are ready to present your ideas and generally to contribute to the class discussions. You have agreed to follow a demanding code of ethics and honor and I will expect that you will adhere to all aspects of the code: honesty, originality in work, dress, grooming and conduct. One inferential aspect of any code of conduct has to do with respect, deference and cooperation with and for others. No late work is accepted.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002