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Course Code: 
PHIL 152
Course Period: 
Course Type: 
Area Elective
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Course Objectives: 
The general purpose of this course is to understand and discuss the development of the philosophy of ethics in its historcal course, its changing meanings by different philosophers, ethical theories and theoricians, and the function of ethics in today’s society; and to enable the students to develop their own views in order to use it in their professional lives.
Course Content: 

This course is intended to examine the ethical theories of philosophers such as Aristotle, Confucius, Macchiavelli, Kant, J.S.Mill, J. Bentham, D.Hume, J. Fletcher, J.Wilson,, T.Hobbes, J:J:Rousseau, J.P.Sartre, F. Nietzche, Kierkegaard, C.Christians; also to discuss the contemporary ethical issues like Woman Rights, Human Rights, Animal Rights, and Racial Discrimination.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Exam, C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Recognizes and discusses basic problems about the meaning of ethics. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
2) To enable the students to understand the connection between ethics and freedom. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
3) The students know the differences between Deontological, Teleological, and Subjective ethical theories. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
4) Know the basic concepts of Virtue ethics, Utilitarian ethics, Ethical Absolutism, Situational ethics, Social Contract ethics, Existentialism, Communitarian ethics, and Relative ethics. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
5) Understand and know to connect ethical philosophies to their own professional ethics and lives. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
6) Know to seperate from each other the concepts of ethics, morals and morality. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C
7) Can be able to discuss the issues of Woman Rights, Human Rights, Animal Rights and ethics, and Racial Discrimination. 3, 7, 9 1,2,3 A,C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction, defitions of ethics, ethics vs freedom. Personal notes
2 Deontological Ethics, Teleological Ethics, and Subjective Ethics


Books and personal notes
3 The subjects of Virtue Ethics; and Ethical Relativism. Books and personal notes
4 Ethical Subjectivism, Religious Ethics, and Ethical Egoism. Books and personal notes
5 Macchiavellian Ethics Books and personal notes
6 J.S.Mill and Utilitarianism Books and personal notes
7 Immanuel Kant and Ethical Absolutism Books and personal notes
8 MIDTERM Books and personal notes
9 Antinomian Ethics, Situational Ethics, Instinctual Ethics Books and personal notes
10 J.J Rousseau and Social Contract Ethics Books and personal notes
11 Existentialism;  and Communitarian Ethics vs Liberalist Ethics Books and personal notes
12 Subjects of Animal Ethics; and Racial Discrimination            Books, personal notes, and documents
13 Woman Rights and Feminism Books, personal notes, and documents
14 Professional Ethics of Newsmaking and Journalism Books, personal notes, and documents
15 Professional Ethics of Advertising and Public Relations Books, personal notes, and documents
16 FINAL  

Recommended Sources

Textbook A.David Gordon, J.M. Kitross, J.C. Merrill, W. Babcock, M. Dorsher, Controversies in Media Ethics, 3rd Edition, N.Y. 2011.

Russ Shafer-Landau, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Barbara MacKinnon, Andrew Fiala, Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues, Australia, 2018.

Additional Resources  

Material Sharing



Mid-terms 1 40
Final Examination 1 60
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.     X    
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields.          
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses. X        
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.          
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.         X
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest.       X  
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.       X  
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema. X        
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.          


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 1 3 3
Mid-terms 1 3 3
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     51
Total Work Load / 25 (h)      
ECTS Credit of the Course     5