Communication Studies

module 6: Ethics and new media
This course focuses on philosophical and ethical reflection on the normative character of new media. What are the normative criteria by virtue of which the value, desirability, and quality of new media could be evaluated? Which specific questions, problems, but also new opportunities are elicited by new media in relation to privacy issues, freedom of speech, property rights, et cetera? What are the broader cultural implications of new media, regarding their influence on the quality of life?

modules 11 &12: Philosophy of communication
This course enables students to reflect critically and systematically on the phenomenon of communication. It acquaints students with the most important themes, concepts, and theories in the philosophy of communication. Leading question is: what are the conditions for adequate communication? To answer this question, students are familiarized with the philosophical theories of rationalism, empiricism, idealism, and relativism, mentalism, and contextualism. The course also enables students to analyze the role of technology in communication practices.