Thinking Ethically - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (40%) , Reflective Task (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces students to key concepts, problems and arguments in ethics. It encourages students to engage with their own thinking about ethics. It therefore asks such questions as: what is the basis of making an ethical decision? Are actions intrinsically right or wrong, or do outcomes matter more than the means of achieving them? Can we, should we, mix and match ethical responses based on different frameworks? Why does it all matter in a world where we often seem to live in an economy rather than a society? By the end of this course, students will know enough about thinking ethically and living thoughtfully to produce their own Personal Ethical Statement as a means of navigating their way through a constantly changing world.

At the completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and appropriately online about sensitive topics using a common core vocabulary.
  2. Identify and engage with real world issues that require critical thinking balanced with emotional awareness.
  3. Develop self awareness and understanding of their own values and how they are similar to or different from the values of other cultures within and beyond their own society.
  4. Think and write clearly with an understanding of the difference between facts, beliefs and interpretation.
  5. Grasp some key elements relevant to utilitarianism, deontological and virtue ethics.
  • Online Discussion (40%)
  • Reflective Task (10%)
  • Report — Website Report (25%)
  • Review (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is Ethics?
2Critical Thinking in Thinking Ethically
3What is Privilege?
4What is Praxis?
5Introduction to Traditional Moral Philosophy
6Traditional Theory One: What is meant by Virtue Ethics
7Traditional Theory Two: Are all Utilitarian Ethicists the same?
8Traditional Theory Three: What on earth is deontological ethics?
9Universalist, Relativist or Pluralist
10Human Rights
11Non Human Rights
12Money, Money, Money
13Questions, Answers, Conclustion

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • 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.

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