COMS408-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Communication Ethics

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course provides students with some ethical tools to reflect on professional communication practice and their own goals and values. The course covers professional ethics frameworks, theories of dialogue and engagement with others, the use of postcolonial ethics to reflect on partnership between te ao Maori and te ao Pakeha and development of personal values. The course has a flipped classroom model, where students reflect on cases, before discussion in class.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


COMS422, PHIL469

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 315
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun


Donald Matheson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio of activity 03 Jun 2022 25% 14 activities, no word limit
Professional ethics case 01 Apr 2022 20% Professional ethics case (20%; 2000 words, ± 200 words)
Engagement case 13 May 2022 20% Word limit: 2500 words, ± 250 words
Partnership case 03 Jun 2022 20% 2000 words ± 200 words
Personal ethical reflection 17 Jun 2022 15% 5 minutes, about 900 words

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS408 Occurrences

  • COMS408-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024