The University of Notre Dame

Ethics of Communication

This course is part of Ethical Leadership Specialization

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There are 4 modules in this course

This week, you will begin to learn how to adopt a communication ethics literacy mindset and address the question, “What is communication ethics?” You will be guided through a self-analysis of your own values through video lectures, activities, and peer-graded exercises. You will also learn to use communication ethics terminology.

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6 videos13 readings3 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt

This week is structured according to three learning objectives. The first objective will encourage you to reflect on your own values related to listening in personal and professional settings through summative reflection. The second learning objective will guide you through distinguishing between different listening types through a summative reflection assignment. The third learning objective asks you to create an action plan for improving your listening skills through a peer discussion.

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6 videos11 readings6 quizzes1 discussion prompt

This week has three primary components: (1) Assessing organizational/professional communication in conflict scenarios, (2) considering your own preferred style of conflict communication, and (3) planning strategic communication responses, including using appropriate tools to respond.

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5 videos13 readings3 quizzes1 peer review

This week's topics explore the dynamics of managing a crisis in a digital communication era with an integrated crisis communication framework. You will examine major scholars and crisis resources, and document your understanding of crisis communication ethics through a crisis scenario response. You will explore the major concepts and theories of crisis communication, identify best practices for creating crisis messages, and articulate the meaning and practice of communication ethics for crisis events. There will be one cumulative peer-graded assignment to assess your knowledge of all the learning objectives in this week. While completing this assignment, you will apply crisis concepts and devise strategies for communicating with various stakeholders. Acquiring these new interpretation skills will strengthen your responses to crisis scenarios and reinforce your understanding of the crisis planning and managing phases, as well. Additionally, you will learn about the primary components and definitions of crisis and differentiate between risk, problem, disaster, and paracrisis. You will use your new interpretation skills to shape responses to crisis scenarios using technology tools.

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7 videos9 readings6 quizzes1 peer review


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Dr. Amanda G. McKendree
The University of Notre Dame
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