Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document
Program Name: Communication
- Document No: CHESS 17-07 NEW COURSE AD 45000
- Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2018
- Submitting Department: CCA/CHESS
- Date Reviewed by Department: 09/22/2017
- Submission Date: 10/03/2017
- Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: 10/27/2017
- Contact Person: Neil Nemeth, Associate Professor, CCA
- Approval by Faculty Senate:January 12, 2018
- Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee:December 8, 2017
- Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: NA
- Will New Library Resources Used?: No
- Form 40 Needed?: Yes
Task: Course Change or New Course Proposal
- Program Name(s): Communication
Section II: This section is for changes in courses only
- Subject: Introduction of a new course to combine aspects of communication law and ethics.
- Justification:To re-introduce these subjects to the communication curriculum. Communication ethics and law were previously taught as separate courses.
COM 45000 – Communication Ethics and Law
- Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
- Schedule Types: Lecture (Class 3, Cr. 3)
- Theory and problem-solving strategies in ethics and law as applied to communication issues.
- Prerequisite: COM 11400 with a minimum grade of C or consent of instructor.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, a student will have an understanding of or be able to demonstrate the following:
- To discuss and use the principles of ethical decision-making.
- To use the principles of ethical decision-making to address practical communication issues or problems.
- To discuss and evaluate the American legal system as it relates to communication.
- To discuss and evaluate the First Amendment and its implications for communication.
- To discuss and evaluate the law of selected concepts (defamation, privacy, intellectual property and commercial speech) and their implications for communication.
- To discuss and evaluate the interaction of ethics and law as they relate to the communication process.
Impact on Students:
- Adding the course will expose current communication students to these concepts.
Impact on University Resources:
- Not Applicable
Impact on other Academic Units:
- This is a communication course that combines courses previously taught in communication law (COM 35200) and communication ethics (COM 40300). The course is designed for communication majors and minors. It is not intended to replace PHIL 32400, Ethics for the Professions.