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COM 530 - Law and Ethics

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Chris Cooper
Shapiro Library

Southern New Hampshire University

2500 North River Rd.

Manchester, NH 03106

(603) 668-2211 ext. 2160

Welcome to COM-530: Law and Ethics

This course contends with the major legal, ethical, and policy issues related to mass media communication particularly focusing on those issues that impact digital and public communication. Concepts related to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, libel, obscenity, censorship, right to privacy, intellectual property, and the governance of media and digital technology will be explored. Additionally, this course asks students to contend with many ethical issues and philosophies pertinent to media and communication in the interest of articulating a personal ethical framework as a graduate communication student and practitioner.

The course is designed to build toward a final project in which students demonstrate a thorough grasp of ethics issues in journalism.