Overview of this event<br />Introduction to the course<br />The syllabus<br />Questions and refreshments at 5:20pm<br />Ho...
Introduction to the course<br />
Rationale<br />An online distance learning course allowing you to:<br />develop ethical reasoning skills to tackle ethical...
Background<br />Developed by Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based at ...
Professional focus<br />Appropriate for people from a range of backgrounds, including the professions, business and the pu...
Three principles<br />The course aims to be:<br />Practical: addressing problems that you’ll recognise from day-to-day wor...
Practical details<br />The course will run for the first time from September 2010<br />The course takes two years to compl...
The syllabus<br />
Structure of the course<br />Eight taught modules in a range of subjects:<br />Three compulsory modules<br />Option to rep...
1. Introduction to ethics<br />Examines some of concerns that are prominent in ethical discussion generally<br />Moral psy...
2. Professional Issues<br />Introduces the concept of professional ethics<br />What a profession is, and the role of ethic...
3. Agents and Responsibility<br />Examines how we understand individuals and their responsibilities<br />Individual respon...
4. Privacy and Confidentiality<br />The right to privacy, and how far it extends<br />Do some people give up their right t...
5. Consent and Contracts<br />Moral limits on what a person may consent or agree to<br />The role and limits of consent an...
6. Justice, Rights and Interests<br />The nature of justice<br />Justice, equity and diversity<br />Justice and public and...
7. Environmental Ethics<br />The moral status of the environment<br />Justice and fairness considerations: is environmenta...
8. Business Ethics<br />What is the purpose of business?<br />Corporate Social Responsibility and License to Operate<br />...
9. Special Project Module<br />Students may choose a project for this module on which they will produce a 3-4,000 word ess...
Dissertation<br />Students may choose a project for this module on which they will produce a 12,000 word dissertation or p...
Questions?<br />
How the course is taught<br />
Modules<br />Modules last for five weeks, and assessments are due three weeks later<br /><ul><li>Terms are Sep – Dec; Jan ...
6 modules in the first year
2 modules and dissertation in the second year</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a module?<br />Eight learning units<br />Bite-si...
Workload<br />12 – 15 hours each week of study<br />Much of this spent on detailed close reading<br />Will be uneven: some...
Learning units<br />Cover a single question or topic to break up your learning<br />Work online stage-by-stage, or easily ...
Case studies<br />As well as set readings, detailed case studies that relate what you learn to real life<br />Asks you to ...
Discussion and collaborative work<br />Asynchronous discussion of set questions<br />Ability to post questions or requests...
Assessment<br />3,000 word essays for most modules<br />Demands critical engagement with your reading and the ideas you st...
Student support and meetings<br />Feedback from tutors in discussions and by email<br />Clear statement of what you can ex...
Our marketing and target audience<br />New course website<br />Promotional events<br />Sponsorship through employers<br />...
Example of a case study<br />
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  2. 2. Overview of this event<br />Introduction to the course<br />The syllabus<br />Questions and refreshments at 5:20pm<br />How the course is taught<br />Short case study<br />Questions and discussion<br />Finish at 7pm<br />
  3. 3. Introduction to the course<br />
  4. 4. Rationale<br />An online distance learning course allowing you to:<br />develop ethical reasoning skills to tackle ethical issues in your work<br />apply these skills to the resolution of practical ethical problems that arise across working life<br />focus on ethical issues arising in your own area of work, and discuss your experience with people from other professional backgrounds<br />
  5. 5. Background<br />Developed by Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied, a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based at the University of Leeds<br />Builds on the success of our long-standing Masters course in Health Care ethics<br />Uses teaching materials and case studies developed through partnerships with professional bodies and colleagues at Leeds<br />
  6. 6. Professional focus<br />Appropriate for people from a range of backgrounds, including the professions, business and the public and third sectors<br />Case studies will be drawn from, for example:<br />Finance, business and accountancy<br />The computer industry<br />The environmental sector<br />Engineering and industry<br />
  7. 7. Three principles<br />The course aims to be:<br />Practical: addressing problems that you’ll recognise from day-to-day working life<br />Welfare-enhancing: providing skills that help you deal with troubling ethical challenges<br />Intellectually demanding: stretching you with challenging and engaging ideas and materials<br />
  8. 8. Practical details<br />The course will run for the first time from September 2010<br />The course takes two years to complete as a part-time student<br />The course is entirely online, with no lectures, seminars or supervisions to attend<br />Applicants need either a first degree, or relevant professional experience (but no prior background in philosophy is expected)<br />
  9. 9. The syllabus<br />
  10. 10. Structure of the course<br />Eight taught modules in a range of subjects:<br />Three compulsory modules<br />Option to replace one of the other five modules with a special project<br />A dissertation<br />Students can register for a Postgraduate Diploma which does not include the dissertation element<br />
  11. 11. 1. Introduction to ethics<br />Examines some of concerns that are prominent in ethical discussion generally<br />Moral psychology<br />Duty or obligation<br />The good human life (or well-being or happiness)<br />The importance of consequences<br />Virtues and vices, such as truthfulness, justice, courage, self-control, cowardice, meanness, foolishness<br />
  12. 12. 2. Professional Issues<br />Introduces the concept of professional ethics<br />What a profession is, and the role of ethics in professional life<br />Professional codes of ethics<br />Personal and professional integrity<br />Fragmentation between personal and professional life<br />Professional duty and conscientious objection<br />Trust, honesty, openness<br />
  13. 13. 3. Agents and Responsibility<br />Examines how we understand individuals and their responsibilities<br />Individual responsibilities and duties<br />The practices of praise, blame, punishment and reward, and various ways in which these practices can be justified<br />“People assessment” in issues such as pay, hiring and firing, corporate culture, and disciplinary practice<br />The ethics of leadership<br />
  14. 14. 4. Privacy and Confidentiality<br />The right to privacy, and how far it extends<br />Do some people give up their right to privacy (by becoming celebrities for example?<br />Whose duty is it to protect/respect a person’s privacy?<br />Whether confidentiality should be limited or absolute<br />Contrasting approaches in different professional domains<br />
  15. 15. 5. Consent and Contracts<br />Moral limits on what a person may consent or agree to<br />The role and limits of consent and contract in explaining obligations and rights<br />Exploitation<br />Promise keeping and contracts<br />
  16. 16. 6. Justice, Rights and Interests<br />The nature of justice<br />Justice, equity and diversity<br />Justice and public and private interests<br />Just prices and just rewards<br />
  17. 17. 7. Environmental Ethics<br />The moral status of the environment<br />Justice and fairness considerations: is environmental harm unfair to animals, plants, future generations or to no-one/nothing?<br />How environmental considerations should be weighed against others<br />
  18. 18. 8. Business Ethics<br />What is the purpose of business?<br />Corporate Social Responsibility and License to Operate<br />Hiring and firing and human resources<br />Ethics of the supply chain<br />International business ethics<br />Ethics and financial decision making<br />Ethics and marketing<br />
  19. 19. 9. Special Project Module<br />Students may choose a project for this module on which they will produce a 3-4,000 word essay or presentation equivalent. The normal expectation is that the topic would be closely related to their workplace experience.<br />This module may replace one of modules 4-8<br />
  20. 20. Dissertation<br />Students may choose a project for this module on which they will produce a 12,000 word dissertation or presentation equivalent. <br />The project may be on any topic in the field of applied and professional ethics, but this module also provides an opportunity for a student to examine in depth a topic closely related to their work-place experience or professional practice.<br />
  21. 21. Questions?<br />
  22. 22. How the course is taught<br />
  23. 23. Modules<br />Modules last for five weeks, and assessments are due three weeks later<br /><ul><li>Terms are Sep – Dec; Jan – Apr; May – Jun
  24. 24. 6 modules in the first year
  25. 25. 2 modules and dissertation in the second year</li></li></ul><li>What’s in a module?<br />Eight learning units<br />Bite-sized chunks<br />Approximately two hours study time each<br />A discussion forum<br />List of required and further readings<br />As many as possible available electronically<br />How you’ll spend your time<br />
  26. 26. Workload<br />12 – 15 hours each week of study<br />Much of this spent on detailed close reading<br />Will be uneven: some weeks heavier, some weeks lighter<br />
  27. 27. Learning units<br />Cover a single question or topic to break up your learning<br />Work online stage-by-stage, or easily print out the whole unit to read on the train<br />Readings and discussion topics built in to the teaching materials to provide structure<br />
  28. 28. Case studies<br />As well as set readings, detailed case studies that relate what you learn to real life<br />Asks you to put yourself in the position of someone making a difficult ethical decision<br />Designed to be open-ended: not always clear what the best course of action is<br />
  29. 29. Discussion and collaborative work<br />Asynchronous discussion of set questions<br />Ability to post questions or requests for assistance with readings<br />Group projects using Wikis or blogs<br />Encourage the use of social networking sites (Facebook / Twitter) to get to know other students<br />
  30. 30. Assessment<br />3,000 word essays for most modules<br />Demands critical engagement with your reading and the ideas you study<br />Encouraged to use examples from your working life<br />Plenty of advice and guidelines for writing essays in Philosophy<br />Some assessment of contribution to discussions<br />20% for the first 3 modules, 10% thereafter<br />
  31. 31. Student support and meetings<br />Feedback from tutors in discussions and by email<br />Clear statement of what you can expect for your tutors, and when<br />Detailed course information and guidance on writing and research skills<br />Hope to organise optional meetings or conferences (in Leeds, and possibly elsewhere) for students to meet face-to-face<br />
  32. 32. Our marketing and target audience<br />New course website<br />Promotional events<br />Sponsorship through employers<br />Our question for you: Who else might be interested?<br />
  33. 33. Example of a case study<br />
  34. 34. Thank you<br />

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