ETH401 Ethics and Social Welfare (8)


This subject explores the relationship between ethical theory, ethical principles, and social welfare. The conflict between personal and professional values and the legal and organisational context of practice will be considered. The ethics of intervention and issues of autonomy, paternalism and coercion will be studied. The subject will conclude with a discussion of moral risk, responsibility and accountability.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ETH401
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate some knowledge of the ethical theories that form the basis of social welfare practice and understand the processes of ethical reasoning and ethical judgment
- be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the relationship between ethical principles, professional codes, and personal values
- be able to demonstrate a knowledge of ethics of intervention, issues of paternalism and coercion, and the rights of individuals.
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the organisational context of social welfare and its implications for practice
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of moral risk, ethical responsibility and accountability.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The Nature of Ethics and Ethical Theory Utilitarian and Deontological Theory, Virtue Based Ethics Ethical Relativism The Ethic of Service Autonomy,Beneficence & Non-Maleficence Justice Critiques of the Dominant Theories Feminist, "Foucauldian" The Ethics of Intervention The duty to care and the limits of paternalism Human rights and legal protection The organisational context of practice Models of ethical decision making Ethical Responsibility and Accountability Dissent, including whistleblowing Moral risk.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.