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Media ethics & governance (Coursera)

This course explores some of the basic theories, models and concepts in the field of media ethics. We will introduce influential ethical theories and perspectives, explore changing societal demands and expectations of media creation and media use, and we will elaborate on existing ethical norms for media professionals.

After following this course, you will be able to reflect on ethical dilemmas and develop a well-substantiated argumentation for ethical decision making in a variety of media-related contexts.

Upon completion of this course, students should:

• have knowledge of the history and development of perspectives on media ethics;

• have knowledge of the dominant theoretical approaches and concepts;

• be able to use this knowledge to develop a well-substantiated argumentation

Who is this class for: This course is for everyone with an interest in “right” and “wrong” behaviour in the media landscape. This includes media professionals, students, teachers, researchers and basically everyone who has an opinion on this topic (and let’s be honest: who hasn’t?) and is interested to put this opinion in a broader theoretical perspective. The course does not require any prior knowledge.