Mass Com 422: ETHICS OF THE MASS MEDIA

Syllabus


Wesleyan University-Philippines                                                               Mass Com 422 Ethics of the Mass Media
College of Arts and Sciences                                                                                                  Course Credit: 3 Units
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A course designed to teach Mass Communication students the rights, privileges, duties and limitations on the use of the various mass media. 


COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, the students are expected to:

Cognitive
understand the concept of freedom of and limitations on the use of  the mass media. 
Affective
learn the value of responsible use of the mass media.
Psychomotor
enable Mass Communication students to apply what they have learned about mass media ethics in their future work as media practitioners.


METHODOLOGY

Lectures
Group discussions
Reporting
Critical viewing/listening/reading sessions


COURSE OUTLINE

  Topic                                                                                                        Timeline
COURSE ORIENTATION  1 week
HISTORICAL ROOTS OF THE FREEDOM OF THE MASS MEDIA  1 week
          Spanish Regime 
          Propaganda Movement
          Philippine Revolution Against Spain
          American Regime
          The Philippine Constitutions
RATIONALE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION  1 week
SCOPE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION  3 weeks
          Freedom from  prior restraint
          Freedom from punishment subsequent to publication
          Freedom of circulation
          Freedom of access to information
LIMITATIONS ON THE FREEDOM OF THE MASS MEDIA  3 weeks
          Laws on national security and public order
          Laws on public morals
          Laws on private reputation and privacy
          Protection of the integrity of public bodies
PRIVILEGED PUBLICATIONS   1 week
LAWS ON LIBEL  1 week
PRIVILEGE OF DEFAMING PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND PERSONALITIES  1 week
REGULATION OF THE MASS MEDIA
          Print media  1 week
          Radio  1 week
          Television  1 week
          Film   1 week
          The Internet  1 week
          Advertising  1 week
18 weeks
CONSULTATION HOURS
Monday to Friday      12:00 Noon 1:00 PM


REQUIREMENTS

Research projects
Critiques


GRADING SYSTEM

Term Examination -------------------------------- 40%

Academic Exercises:

Quizzes/Homework -------------------- 40%
Class Participation---------------------- 10%
Attendance--------------------------------- 10%


REFERENCES

Fernandez, Perfecto. Law of the press (Mass media). Quezon City: Central Lawbook 
Publishing Co., 1968

Kieran, Matthew. Media ethics. London: Routledge, 1998.

Day, Louis Alvin. Ethics in media communications: cases and controversies. 3rd ed. 
Australia: Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 2000.

Pember, Don R. Mass media law. Madison: Brown and Benchmark, 1996.

Silverstone, Roger. Why study the media? London: SAGE Publications, 1999.

Hiebert, Ray. Impact of mass media. 3rd ed. USA: Longman, 1995.

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. Radio/TV Code

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. Motion picture and television 
review code.



Online Reference Materials


Lectures

Media Ethics Reading No. 1

Media Ethics Reading No. 2

Media Ethics Reading No. 3

Libel Laws

Libel on the Internet Part 1

Libel on the Internet Part 2

The  Revised Penal Code of the Philippines

Philippine Press Institute (PPI) Journalist's Code

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Radio Code

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) TV Code

The Law Creating the Optical Media Board (OMB)

The Law Creating the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)
 

Websites

Media Ethics

Media Ethics Online

Ethics Cases Online

Ethics on the World Wide Web: Codes

Radio/TV Laws
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