Available in 2021
Course code

SOCS2300

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2021 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2021

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.


Content

The course has three modules.

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


Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.


Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity (30%)

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

Written Assignment: Written Assignments (35%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

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