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Ethics

Code 11746
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Philosophy
Entry requirements -
Mode of delivery Face to face
Learning outcomes This curricular unit is an introduction to ethics and aims to promote reflection on ethical problems related to the media by pointing out the importance of deontology and professional ethics.
At the end of the unit students should be able to (i) limit the scope of ethics; (ii) discuss the relationship between ethics, politics and law; (iii) identify different types of ethics and describe their characteristics; (iv) evaluate ethical issues of communication in the light of different ethical perspectives; (v) stating the main deontological contents regarding the media.
Syllabus 1. Introduction
1.1. Etymological sense and definition of the concepts of ethics and moral
1.2. The epistemological character “sui generis” of the ethical discourse
1.3. Gap Identification of ethics face to politics and law

2. Ethic's typology
2.1. Theory of virtues
2.2. Deontological ethics
2.3. Utilitarianism
3. Ethics and the sciences of communication
3.1. Pairs and dichotomies in the media: freedom and responsibility; truths and manipulation; public service vs. service for the public; public interest and private life.
3.2. Deontology: characteristics and functions of the deontological codes; the Deontological Code of the Portuguese Journalists and the Code of Conduct in terms of Publicity and other forms of Commercial Communication.
Main Bibliography 1. Introduction
CAMPS, V. (org.), Historia de la Ética, vols. 1 e 2, Madrid, Crítica, 1999; Historia de la Ética, vol. 3, Madrid, Crítica, 2000.
SANTOS, José Manuel, Introdução à Ética, Lisboa, Documenta, 2012.
SINGER, P. (ed.), A Companion to Ethics, Oxford, Blackwell, 1993.
SINGER, P., Practical Ethics. Ética Prática, trad. J. L. Camargo, 2ª ed., Lisboa, Gradiva, 2002.

2. Ethic's typology
ALMARAZ, I., Ética de la Imagen, 2ª ed., Madrid, Laberinto, 2002.
BLÁZQUEZ, N., La Nueva Ética en los Medios de Comunicación, Madrid, BAC, 2002.
CAMILO, E. e SANTOS, A. (org.), Manipulação e Persuasão. Posições e contraposições, Lisboa, Fénix, 2015.
FAUSTINO, P. (org.), Ética e Responsabilidade Social dos Media, Porto, Formalpress, col. Media XXI, 2007.
LIBOIS, B., Éthique de l’information. Essai sur la déontologie journalistique, Bruxelas, Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles, 1994.
WECKERT, J. e ADENEY, D., Computer and Information Ethics. Ética Informática y de l
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit is eminently theoretical-practical, with moments of theoretical exposition, discussion of case satudies and debates on topics media ethics.

Assessment criteria

a) A written test (50%);
b) A group work about a case study (30%);
c) Participation in a debate (20%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-12

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