LAS 486 - Ethical Communication3 hours How we communicate with one another determines who we are as a community and as an individual. In a world that is seemingly coming together and growing smaller due to communication technologies, we must guard against assuming we know how to communicate with people. If we are to build stronger communities and grow as individuals, we have to deal with the problems of communicating in our modern society and culture. We need to confront the challenges of how to use these technologies to communicate ethically by starting with what is meant by ethical communication. In this seminar, we discuss what it means to use communication technologies to communicate ethically: whether it is individual to individual, across gaps in beliefs, or even the creation of mass media. In reading Aristotle’s Ethics, we will consider how his values of character are being affected by the methods of communication we engage in on a daily basis, and then, conversely, how these values could be applied to improve these methods.
Prerequisite(s): Seniors only.