Denmark, Aarhus

Digital Media Ethics

when 1 August 2011 - 26 August 2011
duration 4 weeks
credits 9.9 EC

New digital media and technologies of communication confront all of us with both familiar and sometimes novel ethical challenges and questions. This course will first introduce participants to an “ethical toolkit,” – i.e., several philosophical frameworks commonly used for analysis of such challenges and questions. We will explore these frameworks primarily in terms of how they are applied in praxis – i.e., to real-world examples of ethical challenges affiliated with digital media, including: privacy rights; copyright and copyleft; issues of sexuality and pornography online; violence and gratuitous sexuality in computer games; and citizenship in a world of sometimes radically diverse cultures that are increasingly interwoven with one another via computer-mediated communication (think: Mohammed Cartoons). Students will finally choose an issue / topic of their own particular interest for exploration and ethical analysis. Course offered by Department of Media studies, AU.

Course leader

Charles Ess

Target group

For graduate students. Undergraduate students with passed 2nd year exam will be accepted, provided the bachelor studies are relevant for this course.

Course aim

Drawing from both media studies and philosophy (including political philosophy, ethics, and information ethics), the students will be able to:
- examine central ethical challenges raised by digital media and their various uses.
- explore several ethical frameworks often used in analyzing these issues
- gain familiarity in applying these frameworks to a range of ethical issues evoked by digital media - both those already well-studied and new emerging issues, including those brought forward by students.

Fee info

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