Forum Theme 1
To begin, my area of study is organizational communication and I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in that area. I also have been teaching a course in Communication Ethics that is a Liberal Arts Core Capstone choice at the University of Northern Iowa. In all of the courses, significant discussions occur in relation to four areas: (a) the difference between effective and efficient communication and ethical communication, (b) what a person should do and what people often actually do, (c) how the situation affects the behavioral choices, and (d) the line that one crosses when unethical communication occurs (for example, when is a “white lie” unethical). In the latter instance discussions center around why and students most often focus on consequences, aspects of character, and their personal values which leads to lively discussion. In all the discussions I try to focus on both communication content and delivery by asking students to apply Tompkins’s (2011) list of the five values of ethical communication: truth/truthfulness, justice, freedom, care and integrity.
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