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2021-2022 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2021-2022 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COMM 318 - Journalism Law and Ethics

Units: 4
Explores ethical and legal questions in the context of digital and traditional media from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Examines foundations of freedom of speech and press. Topics include censorship, libel, access to information, copyright, invasion of privacy, electronic speech.

Equivalent Quarter Course: COMM 4205.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Explain and discuss a range of ethical orientations to media making in the 21st century;
  2. Explain and discuss the foundations of press laws and press freedom in the United States;
  3. Analyze case examples involving free press, censorship, privacy, and libel in historic and contemporary U.S. settings;
  4. Develop and defend arguments about the implications of media law on stakeholders;
  5. Justify the application of one or more ethical approach to decision making in media cases;
  6. Explore and discuss case studies involving ethical and legal dilemmas in journalism.

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