Faith and truth in mass media (wykład) - 2018/2019

Course description
General information
Lecturer:Ks. dr Marek Pytko
Organising unit:Faculty of Social Sciences - Instytut Dziennikarstwa i Komunikacji Społecznej
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
ECTS code:00000-05-050WYK0075
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
A1 - Presentation of the complexity, influence and importance of truth and faith in social communication
A2 - Showing the methods of discerning falsehood and manipulation in mass media
A3 - Exploring the Christian viewpoint of this topic and invitation to personal commitment in witnessing the truth in everyday life
Prerequisites
K1 - General knowledge in the field of philosophy and ethics
K2 - Knowledge of English at an advanced level
K3 - Activity in the field of creative thinking and solving ethical problems
Learning outcomes
KNOWLEDGE
K1 - Student knows different views and concepts of truth related to the essence of social communication K_W04
K2 - Student is able to analyze the communication of truth and falsehood in the perspective of ethical evaluation K_W19

SKILLS
S1 - Student is able to define and solve the dilemma of transmission credibility in mass communication K_U01, K_U02, K_U04
S2 - Student is able to define the most important principles of journalistic ethics, and the threats facing the contemporary relativization of the concept of truth and faith K_U12, K_U14

COMPETENCES (ATTITUDES)
C1 - Student has a shaped awareness of media axiology K_K01
C2 - Student objectifies the ethical assessments in the light of the factual understanding of truth and credibility of the message K_K04, K_K05, K_K06
Teaching method
Lecture, multimedia presentation (projector + computer).
Course content description
Content of the lectures:

- Greek root words and their meanings: Truth as aletheia, faith as pistis
- Plato, Sophists and Socrates: Greek views about truth and faith in relation to social communication
- Aristotle, Skeptics: Greek views about truth and faith in relation to social communication, (cont.)
- St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas: Views from saints and scholars on truth and faith in relation to social communication
- Descartes, Hegel and Heidegger: Views on truth and faith in relation to social communication by French and German philosophers
- Kierkegaard, Pierce and Wittgenstein: Three modern era philosophers and their views on truth and faith in relation to social communication (Danish, American and Austrian)
- Communication of truth and faith in postmodern age and main characteristics
- Truth bearer or truth maker? The correspondence theory of truth
- The main criterions of communication truth in contemporary mass media
- Credibility as a fundamental factor of success in mass communication
- The Polish Media Ethic Charter and its main principles
- Matrix: Problem of covering up the truth in postmodern society
- Theology: Eternal battle between \"Incarnated Truth\" and the opponent, potential implications
- The witness of life and the communication of truth and faith: Conditions of authentic communication of revealed truth
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Forms of assessment
Grade 2:
(K) - Student does not know the main concepts of the truth and faith issue of the most important thinkers of the Greek and Latin civilizations.
(S) - Student does not understand the relationship between communication of truth and the credibility of its message in the media.
(C) - Student does not understand the difference between \"\"creating\" and \"serving\" the truth in media and cannot determine the criteria for authentic communication of the truth.
Grade 3:
(K) - Student knows only individual approaches to the issue of the truth and faith of the most important thinkers of Greek and Latin civilization.
(S) - Student in singular cases understands the relationship between communication of truth and the credibility of its message in the media.
(C) - Student in singular cases can understand the difference between \"creating\" and \"serving\" the truth in media and define the criteria for authentic communication of the truth.
Grade 4:
(K) - Student is able to distinguish most of the views about the truth and faith of most important thinkers of the Greek and Latin civilizations.
(S) - In major cases, student understands the relationship between communication of truth and the credibility of its message in the media.
(C) - In major cases, student can understand the difference between \"creating\" and \"serving\" the truth in media and define the criteria for authentic communication of the truth.
Grade 5:
(K) - Student is able to distinguish all of the views about the truth and faith of most important thinkers of the Greek and Latin.
(S) - Student can independently in all cases understand the relationship between communication of truth and the credibility of its message in the media.
(C) - In all cases, student understands the difference between \"creating\" and \"serving\" the truth in the media and define the criteria for authentic communication of the truth.
Required reading list
Basic literatue:
1. Berrin Beasley, Mitchell Haney, Social Media and the Value of Truth, Lexington books, New York 2012.
2. Pytko M., The nature of mass media influence and the related threats in the light of the main theses of Marshall McLuhan’s theory, ZN KUL, Lublin 2018.
3. Matthew S. McGlone, Mark L. Knapp, The Interplay of Truth and Deception: New Agendas in Theory and Research (New Agendas in Communication Series), New York 2010.
4. Hobsbawm J., Where the Truth Lies, London 2010.

Additional literature:
1. McIntyre L., Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age, New York 2015.
2. Allyson Ieron J., Staying True in a World of Lies with Study Guide, Park Ridge IL. 2010.
3. Bivins Tom, Mixed Media: Moral Distinctions in Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism, New York 2009.
4. Pytko M., L\'autenticità della comunicazione della verità in Søren Kierkegaard e le esigenze comunicative odierne, Wydawnictwo Lublinensis, Lublin 2007.
5. Meyer J., Battlefield of the mind, Fenton, MI 1995.
Field of study: Journalism and Social Communication
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year II - Semester 3
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Examination