This course examines the function of ethics in society, ethics history, the consequences of transparency, the specific language of communications ethics and the relationship of business ethics and communications. We will examine the roots and current practices of corporate social responsibility and the leadership role communications must play in shaping ethical futures. Personal ethical communications dilemmas, the writing of ethics codes and an examination of threads of professional ethical behaviour will be the subjects of assignments.
Demonstrate thoughtful reflection on ethics issues inherent in the everyday practice of public relations.
Differentiate between organizational ethics programs and the ethical practice of public relations.
Examine your own ethical development and subsequent value system to assess your personal level of ethical functioning.
Evaluate the objectives and effectiveness of codes of ethics in professional disciplines such as public relations.
Demonstrate a belief in the social value of public relations.
Use theoretical concepts as rationales for making defensible ethical decisions.
Apply a variety of ethical decision-making approaches to making defensible ethical decisions.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A course refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will only be provided within six calendar days after the course start date. You will need to provide notification of withdrawal by phone: 250-721-6129 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students who withdraw after that date may be eligible to receive a W transcript status. Students who do not notify the course Instructor and Administrative staff of their decision not to complete the course will receive a failing grade (F).
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.