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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

  • Course Code :
    PMM 206
  • Level :
    Undergraduate
  • Course Hours :
    3.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Political Mass Media

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Area of Study :

This course analyzes the legal context of communication and media. It studies the theoretical foundations and the process of evaluating mass media’s performance in covering religiosity and spirituality and it tests the religious dimension in secular media. It also focuses on ethical standards and practices of mass media such as the concepts of free expression, media independence and media plurality, as well as a further number of codes of ethics that govern mass media in present day societies. The course uses case studies to illustrate how law, religion and ethics affect mass media. Course Goals: • Investigate the dilemmas faced by media professionals in terms of law, ethics and personal beliefs. • Evaluate case studies where the public’s right to know conflicts with invasion of privacy. • Provide training for making journalistic decisions using ethical decision-making models. • Analyze the role of the entertainment media in creating communities of discourse. • Explore how media frames ethical issues, moral dilemmas, spirituality and the religious imagination.

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

This course analyzes the legal context of communication and media. It studies the theoretical foundations and the process of evaluating mass media’s performance in covering religiosity and spirituality and it tests the religious dimension in secular media. It also focuses on ethical standards and practices of mass media such as the concepts of free expression, media independence and media plurality, as well as a further number of codes of ethics that govern mass media in present day societies. The course uses case studies to illustrate how law, religion and ethics affect mass media.

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Identify key concepts in media law such as prior restraint, defamation, copyright, obscenity, indecency, and journalistic privilege.
2- Recall the historical and philosophical evolution of the First Amendment.
3- Recognize the copyright laws of using visuals and electronic media.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Compare local, regional and global media laws and ethical standards.
2- Analyze the effects of media law on social responsibility.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Judge articles to determine whether they are illegal, unethical or unprofessional.
2- Criticize their work and that of others from religious, legal and ethical perspectives.
3- Apply media law and ethics in practices of mass communication.
4- Employ ethical decision-making models.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Use computers and the Internet.
2- Work in a team environment.
3- Translate to and from other languages.
4- Apply practical and professional problem solving.

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introduction and syllabus 3 1
Code of Ethics locally, regionally and in the Western World. 3 1
Media laws, locally, regionally and in the Western World. 3 1
Freedom of expression 3 1
The truth: Moral and religious duty 3 1
Media Law and Ethics: Four Genres of Jurisdiction. 3 1
Midterm Exan 1
Conflict of values 3 1
Privacy issues: Ethical, legal and religious dimensions 3 1
Confidentiality: Ethical, legal and religious dimensions 3 1
Social Diversity and Media Stereotyping 3 1
Conflict of interest and economic pressures 3 1
Human Rights and International Law for Journalists 3 1
Media and the Construction of the Religious Public Sphere. 3 1
Final Exam 1

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Data show and computer in lectures
Lectures by instructor
Tutorials by assistant
Screening of videos
Group discussion
Research Paper

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What
Course Work (Attendance, Participation, Assignments and Research Paper) 30.00 To assess understanding and theoretical background of the intellectual skills.
Final Exam 40.00 15 To assess knowledge and intellectual skills
Midterm Exam(s) 30.00 7 To assess knowledge and critical skills

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Mass Media Law, Religion and Ethics

Books:

Book Author Publisher
Mass Media Law Don R.Pember , Clay Calvert Mc Graw Hill

Recommended books :

Tim Crook, Comparative Media Law and Ethics, Routledge, 2010 Stewart Hoover, Knut Lundby, Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture, Sage Publications, 1997

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