Ethics and Social Responsibility
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify ethical considerations in decision making and distinguish ethical norms from legal, prudential or religious considerations
- Compare and contrast competing normative ethical theories (including consequentialism, deontology and virtue ethics) and be able to weigh their relative advantages and disadvantages as guides for ethical decision making
- Apply normative ethical theories in a range of different contexts to arrive at judgements that they can rationally defend. These contexts may include: various codes of professional ethics, research ethics, corporate ethics, and situations where universal human rights are involved.
- Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making: moral reasons
- Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making: utilitarianism
- Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making: deontology
- Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making: virtue ethics
- Professions and professional ethics – lawyers
- Medical ethics
- Business ethics
- Corporate social responsibility
- Public sector ethics
- Situational crime prevention
- Putting it all together: the Banking Royal Commission
No eligibility requirements
No special requirements
Do you consider yourself an ethical individual? Do you think you understand what is meant by social responsibility? We all know that ethical and value-driven leaders are required in society and what this unit will do is challenge your current thinking and ask you to explore different perspectives around ethics and social responsibility. It will provide you with the capabilities and thinking frameworks that will allow you to reflect on the notion of ethics and ethical decision-making and provide you with the confidence and self-belief that you are acting in a way that is appropriate, moral, and rationally supported. A sensitivity and understanding of ethics and social responsibility is now an imperative within modern society. Truly sustainable inspirational leadership can only evolve from an ethical and socially responsible base. This subject works on that level but also provides the tools necessary to allow individuals to reflect on the moral judgements that we make on a daily basis.
Students will gain an understanding of the University’s Statement of Values and from this foundation of personal ethics within the University environment, students will learn the theoretical philosophical frameworks that encompass ethical decision-making. The subject will also clarify the conceptual boundaries between ethics and other areas, such as law, commerce, and religion. Attention will be drawn to forms of unethical conduct that can adversely influence the life of a University student (such as academic misconduct, cyber bullying, and peer pressure) and will, through a series of real-world based scenarios, consider how ethical frameworks can assist a person to make appropriate decisions within a range of settings. These settings will include the contemporary research environment, the context of policy settings to minimise criminal behaviour, an understanding of ethics and its context to corporate life, how ethics influences the life of a legal professional, the interconnection of religion to ethics, and how ethical frameworks operate in the global context.
- Reflective exercise (20%)
- Online quiz (5%)
- Short answer test (15%)
- Weekly quizzes x 7 (60%)