Detailed information about the module 
Module title:
Ethics of Digital Communication: Current Issues & Perspectives
Module title (english):
Ethics of Digital Communication: Current Issues & Perspectives
Module number:
Master (UNI)
Course of study:
Organising faculty/Language Center:
Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Instructors responsible:
Altmeppen, Klaus-Dieter
Credit points (ECTS):

The students
• acquire in-depth knowledge and terminology of digitalization ethics
• are able to deal with the ethical challenges of digitisation in an in-depth and critical way
• analyse and evaluate ethical challenges of digital communication on the basis of practical examples and are able to independently develop ideas and concepts to solve them
• can outline the legal challenges associated with digitisation, identify grey areas and propose solutions
• analyse the effects of digitisation on the provision of information and journalistic reporting and assess in depth and from different perspectives the associated consequences for society as a whole and existing as well as self-developed proposals for solutions
• observe their own media behaviour in digital space and reflect on it with a view to fundamental questions of value and potential personal and social effects.
course content/topics:
The online course "Ethics of Digital Communication" analyzes ethical challenges of digitalization. Media-philosophical questions - such as the specific mediality of the Internet - serve as a starting point for an in-depth examination of one's own media behaviour and the influences of digital technologies on one's own life. On the basis of practical examples, basic concepts of media ethics such as "truth and veracity", "publicity and privacy" or "values and norms" will be discussed and transferred to the digital society. Current discourses, such as on the legal provisions of data protection or copyright law, are a central component of the course and are reflected, for example, in the context of various fundamental papers on the digital society.

An in-depth examination of the course contents is provided by reading chapters with integrated reflection questions, which illustrate the current scientific discourse on questions of the ethics of digitisation by means of examples. Through numerous self-control tasks, pin boards, forums and opinion polls, students are actively involved in the course and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the course community. The online course will be accompanied by face-to-face events where students will be able to actively deepen and reflect on their acquired knowledge.
formal requirements of admission:
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Lehr- und Lernformen/Lehrveranstaltungstypen:
Seminar and Blended Learning (2 SWS): The VHB-course " Ethics of Digital Communication: Current Issues & Perspectives" is supplemented by classroom sessions.
requirements for the attainment of ECTS points:
Successful proof of performance, at least rated "sufficient": Development of a portfolio (learning diary and reflection questions).
workload/distribution of ECTS points within the module:
Presence/self-study in the seminar: 1,5 ECTS credits

Preparation and follow-up of the seminar: 1,5 ECTS credits

Exam preparation: 2 ECTS credits
calculation of module marks:
Portfolio 100%
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