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SPCH 284 – Seminar-Communication Ethics

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Seminar topics include: Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Advanced Argumentation, Advanced Persuasion, Debate, Interpersonal Communication in Group Interaction, Communication in Conflict Management. Prerequisites: Six hours of speech, of which at least three hours must be at the 100 level. Spring only.

Section Description: Communication is ultimately a social phenomena—to communicate is to contend with the philosophical, and ethical, relationships between the self and the other, the universal and the particular. Communication thus enjoins us to ask: how do we reconcile the self and the particular with the other and the universal? This is an ethical question—it is a question that asks us to consider what our responsibility is to the world around us. Today, this question takes on new valences as we contend with what appears as increasingly globalized, transnational, virtual, and even cyborgified (the assemblage of bodies and objects) identities and practices. Communication as a practice, and a set of interrelated industries, plays a particularly significant role in negotiating these shifts and tensions. On the one hand, communication practices and industries disproportionately contribute to some of the most pressing global problems, often incentivizing what might be understood as unethical behaviors. On the other hand, however, communication as a theory and practice of ethically engaging the world around us might also provide the greatest hope for resolving some of these global problems. This capstone course takes up these increasingly complex phenomena and examines diverse ethical theories and perspectives pertaining to communication in contexts ranging from the local to the global. A specific focus of this course will, especially, be on the relationships and antagonisms between self/other and the local/global and how these tensions are implicated in communication ethics. Students will have opportunities (1) to reflect on and clarify their own ethical commitments and (2) to understand these in relation to ethical theories and perspectives in the field of communication studies in ways that (3) contend with issues of difference, globalization, transnationalism, indigeneity, and decolonization as they are implicated in contemporary practices of communication.

CRN: 14766

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 6/18

Days Time Location
TR 13:15 - 14:30 LAFAYETTE HALL L308

Instructor(s): Helen Morgan Parmett

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017