Ethical Issues

Course code PHIL3580Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course introduces students to a range of practical ethical issues, and to techniques for dealing in general with moral problems and moral dilemmas they may encounter in their professional lives. The course is primarily designed for students of Social Work, though open to others with an interest in practical ethics.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course aims to impart to students:

(1) Knowledge and familiarity of the ethical issues that will be relevance to their professional lives, or to issues they may come across in their personal lives.

(2) Analytic skills to deal with moral issues and to get beyond mere disagreement and ambiguity.
ContentThe course has two parts. The first concerns a general introduction to the nature of ethics, ethical methodology, and the significance of ethics. The second concerns specific topics of professional relevance to Social Work students, which may include the Social Worker's Code of Ethics, confidentiality, client self-determination, amongst others.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionStudents enrolled in a Bachelor of Communications who fail to complete the existing course will be able to meet their program requirements by enrolling in a new compulsory course "Media, Law and Ethics" co-ordinated by School of Design, Communication and Information Technology. Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work who fail to complete the existing course will be unaffected, and may do the revised course in order to meet their program requirements.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, short-answer assignments, or tutorial papers, all totaling 4500 words.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionGeneral class participation, which might include tutorial involvement OR contributions to online forums.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHIL3580