Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • What is Ethics?
    • Critical Thinking in Thinking Ethically
    • What is Privilege?
    • What is Praxis?
    • Introduction to Traditional Moral Philosophy
    • Traditional Theory One: What is meant by Virtue Ethics
    • Traditional Theory Two: Are all Utilitarian Ethicists the same?
    • Traditional Theory Three: What on earth is deontological ethics?
    • Universalist, Relativist or Pluralist
    • Human Rights
    • Non Human Rights
    • Money, Money, Money
    • Questions, Answers, Conclustion
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject introduces you to key concepts, problems and arguments in ethics. It encourages you to engage with your 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 subject, you will know enough about thinking ethically and living thoughtfully to reflect upon your own position in Australian society and navigate your way through a constantly changing world.

  • Quiz and Review (25%)
  • Reflective Task (10%)
  • Online Discussion (40%)
  • Website Report (25%)

Textbook information is pending.

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