Ethics is an important subject in all professional fields. In this module, we
will briefly address some important concepts related to ethics in business and
consider how we develop our own ethical models, both personally and
professionally. We don't spend much time on ethics specifically as a subject,
but we will consider related issues throughout the semester. It is useful to
understand how we make our decisions about what is right and wrong in multiple
Viewing a few videos (listed below) will help you become familiar with some of
the terms used in the primary reading by
Markel. This reading is a bit more challenging than others in this course.
We are reading it for the content, but also because the
Markel article is a good model for you to
use for your analytical report in terms of writing style, analysis, and use of
sources. Hold on to it.
Consider ethics in communication as an area that you
want to research for your analytical report or collaborative project. You will
also read Hale's "The Veil of Opulence". This NYTimes op-ed piece helps explain Rawls' original position thought experiment and how (and why) to apply it to current issues.
As you familiarize yourself with some of the basic concepts in ethics, you may
begin noticing how
relevant they are in current events and your own experiences.
Below you will find your guidelines for this week. Click on the links for access
to readings and instructions.
Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts/definitions related to ethics in communication
Understand the purpose and value of ethics in professional communication
Consider ethics as a topic for further research
Demonstrate an ability to develop an ethical model for decision making
- Your own sources that define the following terms
and theorists -
click here for a place to start
before reading the Markel text):
ethics, teleological, deontological, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism,
John Rawls, John Stuart Mill
"An Ethical Imperative for Technical Communicators" article -
print for class
"The Veil of Opulence"
Friday - Post Blog 2.
Wednesday - Take reading quiz on terms. Discuss ethics in technical communication. View videos on ethics:
Friday - Take reading quiz on "An Ethical Imperative for Technical Communicators" (print for class) and "The Veil of Opulence" , discuss reading, do group activity on developing an ethical model.