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
Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Assumed Knowledge
N/A
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.
Syllabus
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.
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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