Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Journalistic Ethics

Journalistic Ethics
Second semester
Main language of instruction: English

Teaching staff

By appointment via e-mail:

  • Ivan Lacasa (lacasa@uic.es)


The ethics of communication has not found it easy to make its way. Sometimes has focused on distilling (too) simple behaviorl rules to replace the need to reflect and decide personally. Others are lost in theoretical and abstract discussions that have ended provoking skepticism among professionals. While it is an applied knowledge, ethics of communication faces the problem of how can values and ideals be applied to a daily praxis, full of circumstances and complexities.

Pre-course requirements



This course aims to help harmonize theoretical and practical perspectives through combined systematic access to contents of the communication and real cases and applications. It enables students to know how to analyze business situations and personal actions, so they get the habit of being willing to give a coherent answer for their own actions, to argue in terms of rights and duties, try to act in conscience and expose to the public or members of his team the origin of their decisions.


  • 01 CG - Capacity for self-evaluation and professional order
  • 02 CG - The ability to learn and act an autonomously and responsibly
  • 05 CG - The ability to develop an ethical attitude
  • 08 CG - The ability to reflect and memorize.

Learning outcomes

Los estudiantes:

Se ilustrarán en las distintas corrientes de pensamiento ético y quedarán en una mejor disposición de afrontar con autonomía y responsabilidad los distintos problemas éticos que su profesión tarde o temprano les planteará.

Conocerán los procesos morales presentes en los individuos, los grupos sociales y la gran sociedad. Asimismo serán más capaces de gestionar aquellas situaciones de su labor profesional en las que el factor humano sea dominante.

Además de adquirir conocimientos y competencias, conocerán protocolos útiles para trabajar en el mundo de la comunicación, el cual está fuertemente condicionado por dinámicas y exigencias económico-empresariales.

Adoptarán como uno de los puntos básicos de su perspectiva profesional el conocimiento y atención de los públicos y las audiencias.

Además, los estudiantes:

  1. Serán capaces de observar la realidad con criterios periodísticos.
  2. Estarán ilustrados en las distintas corrientes de pensamiento ético y en una mejor disposición para afrontar con autonomía y responsabilidad los retos deontológicos que plantea el ejercicio de la profesión periodística.
  3. Conocerán los elementos configuradores de las organizaciones periodísticas, así como su estructura económica.


Program of Ivan Lacasa

Item 1.

Ethics, professional ethics and morality.

Item 2.

Aspiration to happiness, meaning of life and sense of work.

Item 3.

Individual, subjectivity and moral conscience.

Item 4.

Privacy and publicity.

Item 5.

Truth and lies.


Teaching and learning activities

In person

Lectures: an overview of the ethics of communication.

Seminar: specifically devoted to misinformation.

Coaching: to improve the performance of the work on the theme of the seminar.

Laboratory: sessions dedicated to analyzing current issues and the creation of a journalistic product related to them.

Coaching. Monitoring how students learn the content of the subject, either individually or in groups. In the coaching sessions, mistakes will be corrected, queries answered, and exercises and activities to achieve the established objectives will be suggested.
Seminar. This activity will consist of taking an in-depth look at specific up-to-date topics in a monographic manner-in some cases these topics will have been debated socially-, via active work in small groups.
Lectures. In lectures, lecturers/professors not only transmit content or knowledge, but also, and above all else, attitudes, motivation, skills and values, etc. They also ensure that participants can express their opinions and arguments to the other students.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Students will take an in-person exam to assess content and skills worked with professor Ivan Lacasa. Because of the health situation, the date of the examination will be fixed later.

Students will also produce a journalistic product related to the laboratory, which must be presented at the end of the course.

The exam will weigh 65% in the final grade, and the journalistic product a 35%.

It is mandatory both to take the exam and to hand in the journalistic project. Failure to do so will result in a grade of "not presented" (NP).

The Faculty's legislation spelling shall apply to the examination, work, journalistic product, and presentation of the latter before the court evaluator.

To pass the second call, the activities that failed the first call must be reassessed. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth calls will be governed by what is stated at the beginning of each course in the Student Guide for the first and second call of the course's new edition.

Bibliography and resources

See: teaching and learning material.

Teaching and learning material