COM221 Professional Ethics in Communication and Citizenship (8)

This subject encourages students to reflect on their profession, its ethics and its relationship with wider society, including Indigenous Australians and the global community. Engagement with these issues will develop students' abilities to contribute to their chosen profession and to become responsible citizens.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM221. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

It is preferred that should have completed or have a knowledge similar to COM111 and IKC101, however this is not a prerequisite.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the role of ethics in the communication and creative industries, including the strengths and weaknesses of professional codes of ethics;
  • be able to apply theoretical foundations of ethical principles to ethical conflicts and dilemmas;
  • be able to consider the ethical implications of current attitudes and behaviours towards Indigenous Australians and the role the communication profession plays in challenging or perpetuating the situation;
  • be able to reflect on their own ethical standards, the sources of their values and principles and the issues or conflicts they may encounter in the workplace;
  • be able to work independently; and
  • be able to work collaboratively on a group project.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Ethics in society, the individual and the communication and creative industries
  • Approaches to ethics generally and the professional ethics of communication and creative industries in particular
  • Communication and creative professions in society; the role of ethics in securing status and the value of codes
  • Citizenship, locally and globally, including the ethics of past and present policies regarding Indigenous Australians
  • Decision-making in personal and professional communication ethical conflicts and dilemmas

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM221 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment one: viva voce and ethics statement
Assessment two: peer review
Assessment three: a major ethical issue

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.