ERIC Number: ED209689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ethics of Intercultural Communication.
Howell, William S.
Ethical concepts, when taught, should be operational and placed in context. Applying the operational criterion is tough enough in a single culture; however, in a course in intercultural communication, difficulties are multiplied. The teacher of an intercultural communication classroom should embrace the position that many ethical principles are relative, because they are the products of different cultures. A few are universal, because they are valid in all cultures. In addition, the teacher should stipulate particular definitions for morals, ethics, and culture. Two principles that are universal are that no action is ethical if it harms persons, and the action that benefits persons accumulates ethical quality. A class seeking theories and hypotheses for managing ethics cross culturally should grapple with the basic issue of whether the human animal is capable of accepting values other than its own. Thus, a final building block in the "stance" of a teacher of ethics in intercultural communication must be recognition of how limited human beings are when they try to respect persons who are fundamentally different. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).