Professional Ethics and Values in Teaching and Educational Leadership

10 Units

This course examines a range of ethical theories, issues and practical problems that challenge educators and students of education to analyse, articulate and extend their ethical decision-making, understanding and values in the profession.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered


This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. develop and demonstrate an understanding of ethical theories, and key concepts such as moral agency relevant to professional practice in education;
  2. discuss ethical dilemmas, tensions, problems and issues relevant to a variety of roles in the sector;
  3. critically analyse codes of practice, policies and professional ethics in education; and
  4. formulate and articulate a coherent and informed response to an ethical problem or question that dialogues with a range of ethical theories, decision making models and a modern context.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • Introduction to the field of professional ethics
  • An introduction to metaethical theory concerning the evaluation of moral action
  • Moral theories such as situation ethics, agent-based ethics and action-based ethics relevant to educational practice
  • The psychology of morality
  • The ethics of belief
  • Notions of moral agency
  • Ethical issues such as those concerning the roles of the teacher in the modern context of high accountability
  • Critical analysis of existing codes of ethics
  • Ethical communication and negotiation of difference.
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1 50% A 2500 word critically reflective response to contemporary ethical issue/s in education.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 2 50% A 2500 word conceptual analysis and theoretically situated critique of an ethical question relevant to education.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6291

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