This course equips students to interpret and critically assess the arguments, messages, and narratives that surround us. Students learn to comprehend and analyze a variety of public and cultural texts (e.g., political speeches, social movement campaigns, films and television shows, advertisements, architectural designs, fashion choices), evaluate arguments¿ supporting evidence, and reflect on the role of values, ideologies, and ethics in shaping our worlds. The course also offers an introduction to theories of communication ethics. Students identify and interpret communication dilemmas in interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational or mass media contexts; they analyze ethical controversies in these contexts and evaluate the communicative options suggested by different ethical frameworks.