The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and familiarity of the ethical issues that will be relevant to their professional lives, or to issues they may come across in their personal lives.

2. Demonstrate analytic skills to deal with moral issues and to get beyond mere disagreement and ambiguity.


The 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.

Assumed knowledge

40 units at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Tutorial Paper

Essay: Essay

Participation: Tutorial Participation