MP6009 - Media and Morality

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Media and Morality’ introduces you to a range of theoretical paradigms and arguments within moral philosophy. These ideas will be explored via contentious debates located in current affairs. Examples from news, media and popular culture will be drawn upon in order to a) illustrate the continuing relevance of moral concerns raised by classical thinkers such as Kant and Aristotle, and b) demonstrate the ubiquity of moral concerns in contemporary culture. The module aims to evince the ways in which moral theory can deepen our understanding of contentious issues that impact on our lives and rights as citizens. The module also aims to develop your ability to work with complex theoretical concepts and to present your views on such matters in the form of focused arguments (both during class discussion and the final written assessment).

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and independent learning. Every lecture will have a corresponding seminar in which the issues will be explored in greater depth. The lectures will mainly be concerned with introducing the key theoretical contentions, historical/political/social contexts, and issues.You will be expected to engage in seminar preparation (for example, by engaging with relevant scholarship). You will be expected to come to the seminars prepared (i.e. having attended the lecture and having conducted independent preparatory reading). The major theoretical texts are available from the campus library and electronic library, thereby ensuring that you can access the literature required for seminar work and assessment preparation. You are encouraged to read extensively beyond the taught components of the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor has weekly office hours during which you can drop in for academic support. You are also provided with an academic tutor who also has hours to support student learning. The seminars will allow you to engage in group discussion and problem-solving with the module tutor and your peers, thus developing a constructive support network. The delivery of the module will be supported with learning and lecture materials that are accessible via the e-learning portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will be expected to display knowledge of contemporary ethical debates regarding issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and freedom of speech (LO1)

• You will be expected to develop an appropriately sophisticated understanding a range of moral-philosophical approaches and theories by engaging with scholarship and applying those ideas to relevant examples (LO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will expected to be able to interrogate cultural events and media texts by drawing on the theoretical paradigms and approaches covered on the module (LO3)

• You will be expected to be able to synthesise and articulate module-relevant ideas in a lucid manner, and with a degree of sophistication that is commensurate with undergraduate study at Level 6.(LO4)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• The debates covered during the module will encourage you to reflect on your position as a citizen, focusing on your political, social and moral responsibilities in particular (LO5)

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative feedback on your ability to conduct analysis of events and cultural objects during the seminars.
Summative assessment is via a 3000 word essay consisting of theoretically informed analysis of a single issue, exemplified by case studies from contemporary journalism and/or culture. (LO 1-5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

‘Media and Morality’ gives you the opportunity to analyse how the media reflects and reports contentious issues. You will, via lectures and seminars, learn about, research and develop arguments in relation a variety of subject areas including abortion, suicide, animal welfare and freedom of speech. You will use contemporary examples from the news media and popular culture to consider the relevance of classical moral philosophers. Assessment is via the production of a 3,000-word essay. ‘Media and Morality’ gives you an important insight into analytical skills, which will be transferrable to a variety of career paths.

Course info

UCAS Code P310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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