Description: This course is aimed at providing an introduction to the moral complexities that working professionals face in the entertainment industry, a business that places profit and artistic freedom above all else. The course will also look at Free Speech and the First Amendment as it relates to artistic decisions (including hard news and entertainment news). Specific dilemmas will be offered that class members will have to resolve using ethical philosophies that one may come across in the entertainment industry. These include Cultural Relativism, Ethical Egoism, Behaviorism, Utilitarianism, and Situational Ethics. Students will be challenged to consider the multitude of decisions available as one pursues an employment field that often celebrates and promotes those who break the rules.
Learning Outcomes: The objectives of this class are to convey and develop a broad understanding of how research is used in the entertainment industry. By the end of the course, students should be able to: • Identify the evolution of ethical reasoning within the entertainment industry • Articulate the primary ethical philosophies and how they apply within the industry. • Evaluate the major case studies that have effected the industry • Examine your own set of moral principles and acknowledge how they may influence your decisions in the entertainment field • Demonstrate how compromise alters the relationship between the artistic development of ideas and the needs of the Hollywood production machine