2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
IDEA5240M Professional Issues 2: Privacy and Confidentiality
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Sean Sinclair
Taught: 1 Feb to 30 Apr View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
|IDEA5210M||Introduction to Ethics: Reasons, Motivation, Obligations and|
|IDEA5220M||Professional Issues 1|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesThis module focuses on ethical issues relating to privacy and confidentiality, addressing some of the key theoretical issues and bringing these to bear on consideration of questions in applied ethics where matters of privacy and/or confidentiality are central.
On completion of this module, students should have an ability to:
- understand some of the key theoretical issues involved in the study of privacy;
- evaluate critically questions in applied ethics where matters of privacy and/or confidentiality are central;
- apply this understanding to the development of thoughtful and well presented arguments which reflect their own critical engagement with the material studied.
Topics may include, for example:
- The difference between privacy and confidentiality
- Understanding privacy
> Competing accounts of privacy (and its importance)
>> Autonomy and control, relationships and well-being
> Privacy in the public domain
> Privacy as an absolute or something that comes in degrees
> An ambiguity: descriptive vs prescriptive
> Privacy rights.
- Understanding confidentiality
> The value of confidentiality
> Consequentialist and deontological accounts.
- Whose privacy and whose responsibility?
> Whose privacy should be protected?
>> Do we have any reason to protect the privacy of the dead?
>> Do some people give up their right to privacy (by becoming celebrities, for example)?
> Whose duty is it to protect/respect a person's privacy?
- The limits of confidentiality
> Should confidentiality be limited or absolute?
- Privacy/confidentiality vs other considerations
> How do we weigh reasons?
> How much weight should we give to privacy and/or confidentiality?
> To what extent do our answers to these questions depend on which account of privacy/confidentiality we want to defend.
- Privacy and fiduciary relationships
- Contrasting approaches to privacy and confidentiality in different professional domains.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||34.00|
|Private study hours||100.00|
|Total Contact hours||16.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyOn-Line Learning: online tutor-led discussion.
Independent Online Learning: working through exercises online
Private Study Time:
Students be assigned set readings, and will be given teaching materials to work through at their own pace. These materials will set the readings in context, at certain points provide prompts for carefully structured online discussions, which will be supported by tutors.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackEssay plans (400 words).
Tutors will be involved in students' discussions to monitor their contributions, and provide clarification or answer questions where necessary. Access to teaching materials will also be logged through the VLE, which will give some indication of students' progress in independent learning.
Contribution to online discussions will be assessed (on participation rather than content) to encourage regular, active participation.
There will also be an online personal tutoring system to review progress on completed modules and identify any areas where further support is needed.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 3,000 word||90.00|
|Group Discussion||Participation in online group discussion||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 13/09/2022
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