Unit 1: Spirit of the Law
Unit 1: Spirit of the Law JMC 4813
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emily Coatney on Sunday August 30, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to JMC 4813 at University of Oklahoma taught by Dr. Robert Kerr in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 156 views. For similar materials see Mass Communication Law in Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Oklahoma.
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Date Created: 08/30/15
Unit 1 Notes 39 50 Slst times to teach mass comm 39 First ever fully online class 39 pilot version over the summer 32 students completed 39 95 students in summer said they learned as much or more as they did in traditional course 39 74 students said instructor more accessible 39 bad online courses just put readingassignments on d2 and tell students to nish it by end of course 39 assignments quizzes discussions must be completed along the way 39 come to d2 on a regular basis is like coming to class 39 main thing to remember as a traditional course work will be due when it is due 39 take good notes during online material reading you ll need them later mega theme of this course how we use law to de ne the meaning of freedom particularly the freedom of expression Some topics we will examine 39 what does freedom meaning when it is de ned in law 39 what is the purpose of the First Amendment in relation to the meaning of freedom 39 2 key points 1 remember work to do online each and every time the class would actually meet 2 when studying lecturesreadingspresentations take good notes esp on major concepts Difference between law and ethics article amp discussion ethics are the rules of conduct that shows how our society expects us to behave and are the guiding principles behind the creation of laws article 39 while laws come from the existence of society s ethics they are created and enforced by governments to mediate the relationships among citizens laws are created by governments for the protection of its citizens while laws have the possibility of punishment for those who violate it ethics do not carry instilledenforced punishments ethics come from inside an individual his or her moral sense and desire to preserve his self respect laws are codi cations of speci c ethical values for the purpose of regulating society punishments for failure to upkeep the law can be harsh and ironically it can even break the standards of ethics themselves Conceptualizing the relations between law and ethics 39 ethics involves convincing while the law involves forcing 39 we have as a society decided that world would be better if we tried to reduce crimemisdemeanors and therefore numerous laws have been instilled to alarm people of what consequences for these actions can result in 39 ethics involves no force of law provides a means to persuade both others and ourselves to take actions that would make the world a better place 39 important to study why laws exist and whether they need to be updatedchange into newdifferent ways depending on the societycontext or change in the times 39 it is necessarily good to maintain speci c laws over time 39 developing increased knowledge regarding lawethics can help us decide whether or not to preserve existing laws or analyze the ways in which they need to be changed 39 mediamass communication law is the primary focus of this course 39 we will study the american legal system 39 ethics is a primary challenge because persuading people to be more ethical becomes dif cult when too often most people have experienced situations where institutions or employers have IOI OClaimed ethiCS in the workplaceenvironment is a priority but they don t actually practice it 39 however people should not dismiss personal ethics merely because we have seen others do it 39 in this course we will focus on the ethical dilemma scenario of driving while using cell phones 39 most people wrestle with the temptation to text while driving 39 speci cally for mass communication all of the 5 majors in our college will be able to relate to this ethical dilemma scenario 39 there is a lot of media aimed at discouraging texting while driving even by telephone companies because people are twentythree times more likely to be involved in an accident if they are texting while driving 39 despite several proposed legislations Oklahoma was the last state where texting while driving had no speci c law punishment regarding it
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