Title: The Five Freedoms Location: http://rnzspca.org.nz/animal-care/important-reading/the-five-freedoms Should animals be given freedoms? This article presents five freedoms that are important for animals. Teachers might use the list to get students thinking about whether or not animals should be entitled to freedoms, and what might be done to protect them.
Title: Obama on Freedoms Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgdoc1TSCE This short clip reports on a meeting held by US President Barack Obama in China. Obama talks about the importance of freedoms. He specifically mentions the freedom to use Facebook and Twitter. The clip is especially valuable in that it helps to highlight how political philosophical discussions bear on […]
This clip presents the case of a high school student who posted an unflattering remark about her teacher on Facebook. It could be used to get students thinking about free speech.
This clip presents, in an accessible and humorous way, some of the issues surrounding free speech. It could be used to introduce a lesson or lessons on free speech. Teachers might use it in different ways, depending on the ages of the students.
A very useful website for students and teachers. The site includes a dictionary of philosophical terms and names, a survey of the history of western philosophy, a timeline and detailed discussion of major philosophers. This website is user friendly and appropriate for senior students and teachers.
A useful website for students and teachers to get a basic overview of a particular area of philosophy or a specific philosopher. The discussion of individuals is often about them personally, rather than their theory.
Title: Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Author: Nigel Warburton Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-923235-2 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates surrounding free speech. There […]
Lawyer Steven Price blogs about media law and ethics in New Zealand
Wiki site is a very handy introduction to the topic of media ethics. Outlines the three strands of ethical concern: ethics of journalism, entertainment ethics, and media and democracy.
This wiki site is a nice introduction to what Journalism standards are and the common elements of ethical issues in Journalism, notably: harm principle. It gives examples of ethical issues for instance can a journalist reveal a source of information after guaranteeing confidentiality if the source proves to be unreliable? The main concern with this […]