This course takes as its foundation the belief that civil discourse has all but disappeared in society, in large part because communicators have no concept of ethics in communication. This course seeks to address this problem by providing a framework for understanding the ethics of communication from a number of perspectives. Students learn and are able to utilize ethical principles in their own communication, making them stronger, more empathic leaders. Also, students learn to use ethical communication principles to analyze and critique mediated communication in areas such as politics, marketing and religious communication. This will prepare students to become critical consumers of the countless messages and claims they face each day.