Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Ethical Position Paper (45%) , Assignment 2 - Ethical Decision Making Paper (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,562.00
HECS 820.00

This course introduces the concept of interprofessional ethics for the social, health and human services. It covers the foundations of human rights, moral philosophy and ethical theory as these apply to professional practice. 

Students will explore many of the ethical dilemmas that confront practitioners, including privacy, confidentiality and informed consent; boundary issues and relationships with clients, colleagues and employers; community-based practice, activism and the ethical implications of social media. 

Students are encouraged to engage in active dialogue with fellow students and others from different professional disciplines to promote a shared understanding of values and ethical perspectives.  Students will learn how to use ethical decision-making models, understand issues of regulation, and review relevant codes of ethics and professional practice standards. Pre-requisites: Master of Social Work students must have completed HSV7034 Social Work Field Placement 1.

Upon successful completion of this unit you should be able to:

  1. Identify the foundations of ethical thought, moral philosophy and ethical theory, and the pivotal ethical discussions, arguments, rationales and positions associated with these.
  2. Understand the relevance of human-rights based practice frameworks within health and human services, and the importance of exploring personal value positions that can influence practice.
  3. Recognise the unique contribution of a range of professional disciplines in the resolution of ethical issues, problems and dilemmas in multidisciplinary work contexts, and identify the codes of ethics governing different professions.
  4. Identify the founding principles and purposes inherent in the codes of ethics of particular professional disciplines, and analyse and critique these codes in relation to their contribution and applicability to professional conduct and practice situations.
  5. Develop the skills and processes to make informed and appropriate assessments in relation to ethical challenges, using ethical decision-making models, and to take justifiable action based on those assessments.
  6. Demonstrate self-evaluative and critical reflective practice skills necessary to work within a broad ethical framework in an interdisciplinary environment.
  7. Conceptualise and critique current practice issues in particular fields of practice within a definable and accountable set of ethical parameters.
  • Assignment 1 — Ethical Position Paper (45%)
  • Assignment 2 — Ethical Decision Making Paper (35%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — Guided discussion with peers (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Pre requisite: HSV7034 (Field Placement 1)

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work OUA Course required

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Interdisciplinary professional ethics: Setting the context
2Moral philosophy and ethical theory : Setting the foundations
3Human rights and social justice : Ethics & activism
4Regulation of the professions : Codes of ethics and standards of conduct
5Ethical decision-making
6Client rights: Autonomy and informed consent
7Client rights: Privacy and confidentiality
8Duty of care and duty to warn obligations
9Professional integrity
10E-Professionalism and Digital Literacy
11Ethics in the Workplace: Personal, professional and organisational responsibilities
12Ethics in social research
13Developing the ethics toolbox

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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