Philosophy and deontology of communication - ETICA E DEONTOLOGIA DELLA COMUNICAZIONE (P) II MODULO (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Davide Poggi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Educational objectives

The course intends to critically analyse the concept of the ethics of communication and its role in society, focusing on the relationship between (mass)media communication and human “person”, who is both user, receiver, and “manager” (but, more and more frequently, a “bare gear”) of the communication process and the technologies employed.
The purpose of the course is not only to provide students with conceptual grounds and critical methodology which would make them even more aware of the ethical implications of communication (with regard to its key players and means involved in), but also to allow the acquisition of a language and skills so as to be able to deal with ethical challenges arising from an interconnected and multicultural world.



The contents of the course are:
1. The relationship between general ethics and special ethics: the case of the ethics of communication;
2. “To say” and “to do” an ethical communication.
3. Behavioural codes for communicators: between deontological codes for professional orders and systems of ethics.
4. Ethics “of” communication or ethics “in” communication? The case of K.-O. Apel’s transcendental-pragmatic ethics;
5. Communication and responsibility: analysis of the communication act between the present and the future, and between the eteronomy and moral autonomy.

Didactic Methods

The teaching methods consist of traditional lectures with the aim of transmitting: 1) the key concepts of ethics and communication; 2) the basic notions of communication ethics; 3) the critical means that are useful for understanding (and for dealing with) the problematic issues which concern the application of ethical categories to the communicative act.
By means of power point presentations, on the one hand, both the teaching and the learning will be more clear and immediate and, on the other hand, students will be encouraged to actively participate to lessons.
Each lesson will be recorded in mp3 format and, together with all the material analysed during the course, will be punctually loaded on the e-learning platform of the University with the aim of easing the study for both attending students and those who can not attend lectures.
During the academic year, an individual consultation service is also available at the teacher's study, at the times indicated on the web pages and readily updated.
At the first lesson, students will receive the full calendar of teaching activities, together with the dates and classroom in which the lessons will take place and a synoptic presentation of the subject of the course.
Any suspension of lectures for academic reasons will be readily communicated in the classroom, on the web site, and on the e-learning platform forum.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Adriano Fabris Etica della comunicazione (nuova ed.) (Edizione 2) Carocci 2014 978-88-430-6940-8

Assessment methods and criteria

Examination arrangements

The assessment of the learning outcomes of the key concepts of communication ethics will be done by means of a written test concerning the programme carried out during the course. The questions of the test will be divided into two categories:
• 26 multiple-choice questions about the notional-conceptual arguments of the course (each correct answer counts as 1 point; the wrong answer does not involve subtraction of points);
• 3 open questions about issues that require articulated and argued answers (students can choose the number of open questions to answer, each question counts as 2 points in case of excellence, for a total of 6 points).
Given that the grades are expressed in thirtieths, this allows the students to achieve the highest grade and eventually a “cum laude”.
The examination is the same for both attending students and those who can not attend lectures.

[[[ UPDATE !!! UPDATE !!! In the context of the COVID-19 emergency, the examinations will be ORAL EXAMINATIONS via zoom; the students who are interested in the examinations, in addition to the usual registration on esse3, have to send an email to the teacher, in order to receive the zoom address to connect to for the examination ]]]