Work Ethics(COM437)

Course Code Course Name Semester Theory Practice Lab Credit ECTS
COM437 Work Ethics 7 2 0 0 2 3
Admission Requirements
Language of Instruction Turkish
Course Type Elective
Course Level Bachelor Degree
Course Instructor(s) Barış KARA (Email)
Objective This course aims to teach fundamental notions of ethics and possible ethical problems in different areas of an enterprise and their solutions.
Content Week 1: Introduction to ethics and fundamental notions
Week 2: Ethical theories in philosophy
Week 3: Sociology of morality
Week 4: Fundamental notions of moral psychology
Week 5: Theories of moral psychology
Week 6: Ethical blindness
Week 7: Mid-term exam
Week 8: Introduction to business ethics
Week 9: Ethical problems in companies
Week 10: Social responsibility
Week 11: Ethical decision-making and leadership
Week 12: Evaluation of an ethics program
Week 13: Legal regulations
Week 14 : The homework presentations
Course Learning Outcomes 1. Students will be able to know approaches to ethics in the different fields of human sciences.
2. Students will be able to know the problems and ethical dilemmas in companies.
3. Students will be able to develop the capacity to solve ethical problems and make an ethical decision in companies.
4. Students will be able to create an effective ethics program in companies.
5. Students will be able to know the benefits and the profits of a strategy appropriate to the codes of ethics for a company.
Teaching and Learning Methods Lecturing, presentations and projects
References Armstrong, Walter (2008). Moral Psychology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
• Bloom, P. (2013). Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. Penguin: New York.
• Brenkert, G. (2010). The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics. Oxford: UK.
• Darwall, S. (1998). Philosophical Ethics. Westview: Oxford.
• Drumwright, M. & Murphy, P. (2004). How Advertising Practitioners View Ethics : Moral Muteness, Moral Myopia, and Moral Imagination, Journal of Advertising. 33: 2
• Hitlin, S & Vaisey, S. (eds) (2010). Handbook of the Sociology of Moralitiy. Springer: New York.
• Luetge, C. (2013). Handbook of the Philosophical Foundations of Business Ethics. Springer: New York.
• Palazzo, G. (20 12). Ethical Blindness, Journal of Business Ethics, 109 / 3.
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Contribution to Overall Grade
  Number Contribution
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade 1 40
Contribution of final exam to overall grade 1 60
Toplam 2 100
In-Term Studies
  Number Contribution
Assignments 0 0
Presentation 0 0
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 0 0
Project 0 0
Laboratory 0 0
Other Applications 0 0
Quiz 0 0
Term Paper/ Project 0 0
Portfolio Study 0 0
Reports 0 0
Learning Diary 0 0
Thesis/ Project 0 0
Seminar 0 0
Other 0 0
Toplam 0 0
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Will have effective written and oral communication skills in Turkish X
2 Will have a thorough knowledge of at least two foreign languages X
3 Will be informed about art and culture, human rights, social, professional and ethical values, law and legislation, quality standards, and will be aware of their responsibility on these subjects X
4 Will have sufficient knowledge about social sciences, professions and sectors in communication and media, innovative and entrepreneurial practices X
5 Will have the ability to use, in an effective and creative way, the techniques and tools and information technologies necessary for interactive and conventional media, in the context of health and safety in the workplace X
6 Will have the ability to develop documentary and fictional content related to their field for interactive and conventional media; also the ability to produce and manage this content in group X
7 Will have the theoretical knowledge and ability to carry out and share scientific work on communication environments and processes of interactive and conventional media and on the individual and social outcomes of the latter X
8 Will have the knowledge of analysis and modelling techniques to analyse interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes X
9 Will have the ability to question and critically analyse developments and problems concerning interactive and conventional media and the communication environments and processes, will be aware of the public interest, social responsibility and the environment, will be sensitive to contemporary world’s and Turkey's current problems; will develop a libertarian, democratic, constructive and problem-solving approach X
10 They are familiar with the historical development processes of electronic, digital media and film; and the current developments in these fields
11 They learn sociological, cultural and aesthetic approaches in electronic, digital media and film
12 They learn the political economy of cultural industries, labour and production relations, analysis of marketing and consumption patterns.
13 They learn at a first level how to use the equipment necessary for the production of audio-visual content for TV, radio and digital media and of films in different genres
14 They gain experience in conducting creative activities in electronic, digital media and film; in producing and working in groups
15 They acquire theoretical information in the fields of public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and organizational communication X
16 They are familiar with the research, planning, implementation and evaluation processes in public relations and advertising; they can create campaigns, present them effectively and write reports X
17 They have knowledge of organisational communication, crisis and risk communication, reputation management, media relations, media planning, digital media management, brand management and interpersonal communication. They are able to carry out activities in these areas X
18 They use public relations and advertising strategies and tactics appropriate to the specificities of conventional and new media X
19 They are aware of legal regulations, ethical codes in public relations and advertising, and they remain faithful to them X
20 They are familiar with the different theoretical approaches regarding the social place, role and functions of journalism as a social institution and phenomenon; they are familiar with the process of producing information for conventional and digital media
21 They are familiar with the structural and technical specificities, management characteristics of conventional/mainstream media, as well as alternative media structures
22 They are familiar with the new conceptual and theoretical discussions emerging from interactive/digital media in terms of social sciences and humanities
23 They are familiar with the historical development of journalism in Turkey and in the world; they can analyse it in the context of social and political history
24 They have the ability to effectively use information technology, printing and publishing techniques; to write a press article using data collected on the web and on social media, to visualize this data and to publish it
Activities Number Period Total Workload
Class Hours 14 2 28
Working Hours out of Class 1 5 5
Assignments 5 3 15
Presentation 1 2 2
Midterm Examinations (including preparation) 1 10 10
Final Examinations (including preparation) 1 15 15
Total Workload 75
Total Workload / 25 3,00
Credits ECTS 3
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