Interdisciplinary Professional Ethics - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Ethical Postion Paper (45%) , Assignment 2 - Ethical Decision Making Paper (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,826.00
International 3,076.00

This unit 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.

HSV733 aims to provide students from a variety of disciplines the opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of practice, in recognition that an interdisciplinary ethics approach best equips future practitioners to make informed decisions with an increased awareness of potentially different value positions. The unit will provide students with foundation knowledge of ethical principles and theories, explore practical ethics within the professions, introduce ethical decision making models and processes and invite critical thinking on key ethical issues that are relevant in the health and human services. The unit aims to develop skills in critical analysis, reflection and ethical decision-making and to equip students to perform ethically within a professional environment. 

  • Assignment 1 — Ethical Postion Paper (45%)
  • Assignment 2 — Ethical Decision Making Paper (35%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — 3-2-1 Reflective Postings (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Standard Media

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
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