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CA 302 Communication Ethics and Law
Flink, Jim


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CA 302 Communication Ethics and Law

Semester

S2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Flink, Jim

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., Westminster College, Political Science
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, Journalism

Office Hours

By appointment only

Daytime Phone

(816) 760-9373

Other Phone

(816) 590-9952

E-Mail

jim.flink@park.edu

jflink@hearst.com

Semester Dates

March 18-May 13, 2006

Class Days

------S

Class Time

11:00 - 3:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Media Ethics, Issues & Cases, Authors:  Philip Patterson, Lee Wilkins

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Will be provided in classroom setting


Course Description:
A study of the laws and ethics for journalists and other communicators.  The course will analyze libel law, privacy, and objectivity, responsibility, freedom of speech and censorship, and the role of the press in society.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. begin the process of developing a framework for making ethical decisions in the field of communication
  2. engage in the discussion of ethical issues in a peaceful, thoughtful atmosphere and, thus, be better prepared to make ethical decisions as a communications professional in a crisis
  3. participate in ethical dialogue illustrating the dynamic nature of philosophical practice
  4. develop a working understanding of the basic principles of communication law


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
Current events quiz each class session. (10% of final grade)

Group Class Discussions/Break-out sessions.  (25% of final grade)

Research Paper.  (25% of final grade)

Final Exam.  (40% of final grade)

Grading:
Current events quizzes -- 8 @ 10 points each.  (80 points)

Group Class Discussions/Break out sessions -- 8 @ 25 points each (200 points)

Research Paper -- (200 points)

Final Exam -- (400 points)

Total Points Available -- 800 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All material submitted late will be deducted 10% per day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be prompt.

Be prepared for class.

Be prepared to engage in lively discussion.

 

Class Activities

Assignments

Tests

Meeting - 1
Ehtics v. Law

Break out sessions
"Ethics v. Law"
"What are your boundaries?"

Chapters 1 & 2
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 2
Advertising and PR

Break out sessions
"Subliminal Suggestions:  Is All Fair on the Open Air?"

Chapter 3
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 3
Reporter Activism

Break out sessions
"Activist Journalists:  A Help or a Hindrance

Chapter 4
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 4
Privacy v. Right to Know

Break out sessions
"When does the right to know, outweigh a need for privacy, and who decides?"

Chapter 5
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz
Mid-term Research Paper Due

Meeting - 5
Protecting Sources

Break out sessions
"Protecting sources:  How far would you go

Chapter 6
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 6
Deadline v. Bottom Line

Break out sessions:
"When the business of media conflicts with the mission of media

Chapter 7
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 7
Ethics of Video

Break out sessions
"How much information is too much information?: When television goes too far."

Chapter 8
Media Ethics

Current Events Quiz

Meeting - 8
Media Law

Break out sessions
"Your rights and responsibilities as a working media member."  

Materials provided in advance of class

Current Events Quiz
Final Exam


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Core Assessment:  Three page research paper.  Topic to be announced.  Will examine ethical problem solving techniques.

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Last Updated:3/18/2006 9:30:30 AM