2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
IDEA1000 Professional Ethics: Challenges and Crises
10 creditsClass Size: 50
In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.
Module manager: Dr Elizabeth Ellis
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is an introduction to professional ethics and examines some of the challenges and crises that might arise in professional working life. Each fortnight, we will consider a topic in professional ethics through the lens of a current issue. Topics might include: the public interest, the nature of integrity, privacy and confidentiality, intellectual property, whistleblowing and trust. Current issues are obviously subject to change! Examples of current issues in professional ethics include: phone-hacking, the exploitation of tax loopholes, privacy and social networks, illegal downloading, restoring trust in the banking sector, organisational mismanagement in the NHS, the horsemeat scandal and food standards/safety. The module will be delivered by weekly lectures and also fortnightly seminars where students will be encouraged to debate the issues.This module is aimed at all students who would like to develop the skills needed to deal with ethical issues that may arise in their working lives.It forms part of the "Ethics, Religion and Law" Discovery Theme. Skills developed on this module include ethical awareness, critical thinking, professionalism, creative problem solving and communication skills.No previous knowledge is required.
ObjectivesThe module will make students aware of the ethical challenges that face professionals in their working lives.
The module will also allow students to develop and practise the reasoning skills needed to handle challenging situations in their own working lives and/or to reach judgments on decisions made by others.
This module is intended to form part of the "Ethics, Religion and Law" Discovery Theme. It is suitable for those following a variety of pathways through the theme, e.g. it is suitable for students interested in the themes of professionalism and regulatory compliance and equally suitable for students interested in ethics more generally.
The module could also form part of other themes; for example, "Personal and Professional Development", "Enterprise and Innovation", "Media, Culture and Creativity" and "Technology and its Impacts".
On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to demonstrate:
- The relevance of ethics to professional life;
- The ability to critically engage with arguments in professional ethics;
- The ability to apply the arguments in professional ethics to complex decisions where judgment and justification are required;
- The ability to critique judgments made by others;
- An awareness of current issues in professional ethics;
- The ability to manage, organise and utilise set reading materials; and
- Knowledge of essay-writing techniques
The module will be comprised of:
- 11 lectures
- 5 seminars
Lectures to start week 1.
First seminar to start week 3 and re-occur fortnightly.
The first lecture will be an introduction to professional ethics. There are likely to be 5 professional ethics topics, covered in 4 2 week blocks.
Topics might include, for example:
- The Public Interest
- Privacy and Confidentiality
- Intellectual Property
Each topic will be examined through the lens of a current issue in professional ethics. Thus exact topics are subject to change as current issues in professional ethics change.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||84.00|
|Total Contact hours||16.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyReadings are set for each seminar. Students will be required to complete all the reading and to prepare answers to the set questions in advance of each seminar. (45 hours).
Students will also be expected to spend time preparing their assessed essays. (39 hours).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackYou will have the opportunity to write a detailed 500 word essay plan and receive feedback on this.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1500 word essay (end of semester||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit is by exam in August.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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