Module Title:Ethics, Equality and Early Childhood Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Module Aim: To enable students to reflect critically on the moral values that are implicitly or explicitly appealed to in the practice of ECEC, and to enable them to think more clearly about the moral issues and dilemmas that arise in ECEC practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically analyse the central values that inform ECEC practice.
LO2 Explain some of the central ethical theories that attempt to give coherence to these values.
LO3 Evaluate codes of ethics used by ECEC professionals.
LO4 Apply moral values to the practice of ECEC.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Ethics
Definition of ethics; What are moral values? Core ECEC values
Ethical theorists
- The purpose of ethical theories - Moral pluralism / 'Intuitionism' - Utilitarianism - Deontological theories - Virtue ethics - Ethics of care - Contract ethics: John Rawls
Equality, Children's Rights and ECEC
The five dimensions of equality: respect and recognition; resources; love, care and solidarity; power; working and learning. - The UNCRC and ECEC practice
Professional ethics
• What are professional ethics? • The purpose and function of codes of ethics • Codes and professionalism • Codes of Ethics for ECEC profession
Approaches to ethical decision making in ECEC practice
• What is a moral dilemma? • Approaches to resolving moral dilemmas, e.g. ethical decision-making ‘models’
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.67
Total Hours 80.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.50
Total Hours 0.50