Relevant Courses: COM 601 Communication Fluency, COM 613 Constructing Messages and Audiences, COM 616 Communication Mindfully, COM 638 Strategic Communication for Global Audiences and COM 655 The Mediated Self and Changing Relationship.
Ethical consideration within a communication situation demonstrated by the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate at least one ethical dilemma or scenario related to communication and advocate a specific course of action.
WHAT I learned regarding “ethical considerations” within communication practices was not only covered in the relevant courses section of this summary but was covered throughout all courses within the Communications program as underlying theme. Ethics in relation to different scenarios call for application of different theoretical framework, which offered the a three-hundred and sixty angle regarding the scope of communications. The course COM 601 Communication Fluency offered a look at the discipline of communications as well as applying through the “understanding of the paradigms of knowledge from a communication perspective as well as essential communication theory. In this course, we were also first introduced to ethical implications in communication literacy. In regards to COM 613 Constructing Messages and Audiences and COM 616 Communicating Mindfully the main idea was how individuals construct and broadcast messages, while Communicating Mindfully surveyed “communication ethics in individual, organizational and societal contexts”. Therefore, this course intersects with the previous course.
The correlation of both courses can be found in the linked paper for COM 616, entitled “The Importance of Active Engagement: Navigating Organizational Participation in Decision Making”. In this paper, the themes of organizational participatory decision-making. As a long-time employee of institutions of higher education, I have been afforded the opportunity to experience organizational participatory decision making. Therefore, this experience was noted within in the following statement for the paper: “Although all employees should be involved in strategic decisions within the organizations, it may not be to the organization’s best interest if that is always the case” (Parson, 2016). As the course of study progressed into Com 638 Strategic Communication for Global Audiences and COM 655 The Mediated Self and Changing Relationships, these two courses emphasized issues and challenges of strategic communication for “diverse and global audience” and how we as individuals “compose our multiple and sometimes conflicting digital and media selves”. In all, these last two courses seem to show the interweaving correlation to self-presentation and organizational representation and emphasized the importance of coding “messages”, especially those directed toward global audiences.
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WHAT have I learned from this experience was that my first fifteen-years of my work life has been the training ground of what I need to know to be successful. Even before I entered the Communications program, it was always a goal of mine to decode messages and communication that was being conveyed within my work environment, whether it directly affected my work or not. A whole-picture person is how some may describe me professionally, at times just having one piece of the puzzle does not satisfy, therefore, more probing and search for connecting information is sought until satisfaction is reached. That is not an easy thing to accomplish in politics-rich organizations. Also, ethics is not the same thing as discrimination, however, ethics applies to how communications are conveyed, whether written, verbal or otherwise. When communicating with a global audience, there are many deep-seated caveats, such as branding and image maintenance, marketing and PR, among other elements involved in global communication. However, it the aspects of all the elements covered within each of the five courses, which seemed to reflect the core of the ethical perspective within strategic communication.
NOW WHAT I have learned when it comes to ethical considerations in relation to this program is how I conduct my “digital self” versus my “real self”. It very evident that our society is caught up in digital representation. Therefore, it is no surprise that this is a very real communication problem or issue. With such a realization, it is best to begin by leading through example, sometimes it is perfectly fine to reveal a small flaw or weakness, as it can be surprising that those within the global realm may be possess the flaw or weakness, thus it can be shared and perhaps a solution can even be developed or found. Therefore, as I approach my personal digital endeavors and participate in organizational and academic programs and activities, the effect that it has in regards to the global audience, has opened my eyes to how this can be presented to my students within in my own classroom. Therefore, the new class motto for my courses this fall will be “think globally”, as well as sharing an “ethical “think strategy within my division and my organization.
Read my thoughts on ethics and communication here: Communicating Ethically