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ENGL 514

Technical Communication Ethics (3-0-3) (F/S)

An examination of the various ethical issues inherent in the practice of technical communication. Topics include the ancient debate about the claims of philosophy and rhetoric; Kant’s categorical imperative; the modern standards of rights, justice, utility, and care; the employee’s obligations to the employer, the public, and the environment; and the common ethical issues faced by technical communicators, including plagiarism and copyright violation, the fair use of words and graphics, trade secrets, whistleblowing, and codes of conduct. The course will use the case study method PREREQ: None.