Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Ethics GLO

Student Benefits

Ethics helps students frame, and reflect on, decisions. It is both a key component of professionalism and a fundamental requirement of good citizenship. When operating ethically, graduates are aware that we live in a diverse society with many competing points of view. It means being open-minded about the complex nature of our world.

Learning Outcomes

Ethics

Exhibit ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems

Skills Knowledge Application
Understand ethical approaches such as rights, utilitarianism and virtue ethics* and the need for moral awareness and reflection on moral values Critically reflect on, discuss and challenge the values intrinsic in the different practices in which they participate Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems

* Rights ethics is concerned with defining goodness in terms of freedom or entitlement.
Utilitarianism is concerned with defining goodness in terms of what generates the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
Virtue ethics is concerned with defining goodness in terms of deeply held character traits.

Scaffolding

  • Develop skills of reflective practice
  • Develop knowledge of ethical frameworks and identify and reflect on their own values and beliefs
  • Reflect on ethical issues in a professional context in relation to ethical frameworks
  • Apply ethical decision making in a professional context, make judgements and justify them

Course Requirements

  • At least one assessment item including critical reflection on own ethical understanding in relation to the values intrinsic to the profession (using a variety of ethical approaches)
  • At least one assessment item including ethical judgement in a professional context, using ethical approaches to justify the judgement.

Teaching Practices

  • Generate a respectful and collaborative culture that values reflection and the perspectives of others.
  • Examples of teaching and learning activities that can be used to promote the development of ethical capabilities include: peer learning, role plays, small group learning, case studies, practical classes, scenarios, simulated activities, volunteering, community engagement, and guest lecturers/tutors from the practice community
  • Provide opportunities to reflect on learning activities and make personal meaning using ethical approaches

Assessment

Assessment of this GLO needs to be explicit and contextualised. For example

Read through the case study and associated background.  Evaluate the major issues including assumptions, implications and alternative perspectives.  Synthesise ethical decision making strategies to create insightful solutions that indicate a deep  comprehension of the problem and include consideration of impact.

Criteria High Distinction Distinction Credit Pass  Fail
Student exhibits ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems Evaluates the issues in the ethical problem including assumptions, implications and alternative perspectives. Synthesises ethical decision making strategies to create insightful solutions that indicate a deep engagement with the issues and include consideration of impact Analyses the major issues in the ethical problem including consideration of alternative perspectives. Synthesises ethical decision making strategies to develop rational solutions to the problems that take into account the different perspectives. Analyses the major issues in the ethical problem. Draws on ethical decision making strategies to propose rational solutions to the identified issues. Identifies the major issues in the ethical problem. Applies ethical perspectives to suggest solutions to the identified issues. Offers less than pass requirements

Support

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  • Each Faculty has GLO Gurus to assist you with teaching and assessment ideas
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