Media Ethics - MSTU5000

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Hans Maes checkmark-circle


This module seeks to investigate some of the most pressing ethical issues in contemporary media culture and the mediated arts. Topics may include: violence in video games, nudity on the screen and in advertising, anti-heroes and villains in fiction, propaganda and manipulation, sexism and racism in humour, shock value in the news and in contemporary art. To answer the many moral questions that arise in this context students will examine basic notions such as truth, objectification, voyeurism, exploitation, offence, harm, gender, and stereotype.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 33
Private Study Hours: 267
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Digital Portfolio (50%)
Essay (3,000 word or equivalent) (50%)

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Engage in a range of critical debates surrounding media culture and consumption;
2 Demonstrate understanding of some of the key moral issues and ethical dimensions of contemporary media practices;
3 Demonstrate understanding of theoretical discourse regarding media representation and the formation of identities within digital domains;
4 Examine the moral, social and cultural impact of mediation on communication and everyday life;
5 Reflect upon their own role and responsibilities in relation to ethical media practices.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Engage in meaningful debate about issues and practices within their degree area;
2 Demonstrate understanding of key concepts within relevant academic literature;
3 Demonstrate research skills, including the ability to assess the merits of, and make critical judgments in relation to, academic and non-academic sources of information;
4 Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods
5 Demonstrate an ability to prepare and deliver cohesive and convincing arguments in writing and in verbal presentation;
6 Act on feedback received from both academic staff and peers.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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