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Media Ethics MA

Course Description

Our Media Ethics MA degree offers you an opportunity to develop your critical and analytical understanding of ethical issues, alongside subject-specific modules focusing on your particular area of expertise and interest. It is designed for professionals and students wishing to gain a qualification in ethical aspects of their field.

Course structure
Run through the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, the Media Ethics degree is one of seven distinct degrees that explore applied ethics or ethics in relation to art and design, education, healthcare, media, medicine or politics. One year full-time and two year part-time options are available. No previous familiarity with philosophy is assumed. Individuals will benefit from being members of an interdisciplinary cohort with differing professional and occupational experiences, and mixing with students from other MA courses.

Areas of study
Four core modules introduce the activity of philosophical thinking and prepare you for the research project. Then subject-specific modules are taught by staff in the relevant area of the university, identifying and addressing the ethical concerns particular to each degree. For instance, the media ethics modules ‘practicing media research’ and ‘media ethics’ are taught by staff from the School of Computing, Mathematics and Information Sciences. These modules provide a fascinating exploration of issues relevant to individuals working in the media industry. For example, ‘media ethics’ examines the current relevance of the liberal tradition of freedom of thought and expression, privacy and ‘celebrity culture’ and the ethics of globalisation.

The research project, the culmination of the MA, consolidates the experiences, practices, and research skills developed on the course into an extended argument in the chosen specialist area.

Core modules:
Introduction to philosophical thinking
Moral thought and practice
Research methods
Research ethics

Media ethics modules:
Media ethics
Practicing media ethics

Research project

Career and progression opportunities

Ethical standards and practices are often part of the regulatory framework in ‘traditional’ professions such as law and medicine. More recently questions of ethics have come to the fore in a broad range of professions, including the media. Journalists, editors and other media professionals are thus becoming increasingly aware of the moral and political interplay between their practice and its impact on the public, in terms both of production and consumption of information, opinion, etc. This degree offers an unusual opportunity to explore such issues on a sound philosophical basis and in the company of fellow-professionals from other fields.

Visit the Media Ethics MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate prior learning is accredited.

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