The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


In this course students are introduced to:

(i) the nature of ethics and moral discourse in the social sciences;

(ii) a range of ethical issues and moral debates that they may encounter in their professional lives; and

(iii) methods for addressing these ethical issues.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of ethical issues, perspectives and debates as relevant to the social sciences.

2. Participate in discussions concerning ethical issues as they arise in workplace contexts.

3. Critically appraise and discuss the relevant literature in written and oral forms.

4. Effectively communicate understanding of ethical issues in written and oral forms, by employing analytical skills.


The course has three parts.

The first part introduces students to:

  • the nature of ethics and moral discourse;
  • the nature of ethical methodology; and
  • the possibilities and limits of ethical discourse and practice. 

The second part concerns a range of ethical issues and moral debates relevant to social science students, which may include one or more of the following:

  • the moral principles underlying ethical debates and ethical research in the social sciences;
  • ethical debates concerning relevant social issues or professional practice;

The third part introduces students to a range of ethical issues more pertinent to Indigenous centred research in social sciences and to professional practice standards.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning (35%)

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity (35%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (30%)

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term