Think digitally about communications law in a changing online environment and conduct a systematic ethical exploration of major issues.
This course will help students “think digitally” about communications law in a constantly changing online environment. It will help them to create new knowledge in the field.
The course also leads students through a systematic ethical exploration of major issues in online mass communication in the following areas: investigation, including privacy; data collection, including copyright and copyleft; presentation, including identity, accuracy, and sponsorship. Philosophical topics covered include application of ethical theory, sytematic moral analysis, blameworthy and praiseworthiness, deception, and role-related responsibilities. Students will also articulate standards and conventions to use in the development of Codes of Ethics.
Learn and appreciate of the history and evolution of freedom of expression and freedom of the press, with focus on digital era
Navigate the statutes, regulations and court precedent pertaining to: access to public records and meetings; defamation; invasion of privacy; copyright infringement; contempt; and other challenges to newsgathering and publication, including as related to digital and online issues
Interpret and integrate various components of the law through online assignments and legal research
Understand rights and responsibilities of communicators under the First Amendment both traditionally and in light of digital and online technologies
Develop the ability to engage in critical thinking through (1) reading, understanding and analyzing law-related real-life problems and case studies and (2) conducting original legal research
Articulate the need for ethical process
Notice ethical issues in situations
Use a decision-making process that addresses ethically-relevant aspects of online communication
Develop a code of ethics that addresses the unique venue in which each student operates
General principles of free expression in the digital era
Landmark decisions shaping communications law in the digital era
Defamation in the digital era
Invasion of privacy in the digital era
Emotional, physical or financial injury in the digital era
Federal, state and local law and regulations in the digital era
Copyright, trademark in the digital era
Advertising in the digital era
Media business law in the digital era
Ethical theory as applicable to online mass communication
Role-related responsibilities for communicators and recipients