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JTC 411 - Media Ethics and Issues

  • 3 credits

In one semester or session, students learn ethical decision-making tools they can use in their chosen professions. We will study philosophers’ theories and how they can be applied in everyday workplace dilemmas. The textbook is written in magazine style and engages students with real-life cases from young professionals. We cover dilemmas in strategic communication, news media and entertainment media. Professor Peck’s media blog aggregates current issues important to those concerned with ethical decision-making. Students often say they use what they learn in this class to solve personal ethical dilemmas.

Textbooks and Materials

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Linnea Ward
Linnea Ward

Linnea Sudduth Ward is an instructor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication. Dr. Ward's recent research interests focus on people's communication about and perceptions of social norms across contexts like technology platforms and culture. For example, her dissertation research considered how a group of "trailing wives"--or, women who move for their partners' needs rather than their own--used social media to practice resilience.

Dr. Ward's personal academic experiences deeply influence her approach to online course instruction. Throughout her time as an undergraduate and graduate student, she completed several online courses. As a result, she is particularly passionate about integrating varied learning activities into courses, providing substantial feedback on course assignments, and clearly outlining course expectations (particularly, grading expectations). Additionally, given her personal interest in popular culture, Dr. Ward enjoys integrating movies and television shows into coursework.