Module Title:Ethics, Social Justice & Human Rights
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Strategies used for delivery include a broad range of learning methodologies. Classes will be based around lectures and group discussions. This class will be taught primarily by means of lectures, tutorials, class discussion, problem based learning and group activities.
Module Aim: The central aims of this module are to help students to reflect critically on the moral values that are implicitly or explicitly appealed to in the practice of social care, and to enable them to think more clearly about the moral issues and dilemmas that arise in social care work.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Critically analyse the central values that inform social care practice.
LO2 Explain some of the central ethical theories that attempt to give coherence to these values.
LO3 Critically assess some relevant theories of social justice.
LO4 Explain the point and relevance of codes of human rights.
LO5 Evaluate codes of ethics used by social care workers.
LO6 Apply moral values to the practice of social care
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Social Care Values
- What are moral values? - Some core social care values: Well-being; Respect; Care; Equality; Freedom and autonomy; Rights; Empathy; Toleration/acceptance/celebration of difference; Desert; Social Justice; Human Rights.
Ethical Theories
The purpose of ethical theories; Moral pluralism / 'Intuitionism'; Utilitarianism; Deontological theories; Virtue ethics; Ethics of care.
Theories of Justice
The purpose of theories of justice; Libertarianism; Liberal egalitarianism (Rawls's liberal egalitariansim; Nussbaum's liberal egalitarianism); Radical egalitarianism (equality of condition)
Human Rights
What are human rights? International Human Rights Instruments; Justifications of human rights; Applications of human rights in social care.
Professional Ethics
What are professional ethics? The purpose and function of codes of ethics Codes and professionalism; Codes of Ethics for social care professionals; Ethics in Social Research.
Moral Issues, Problems and Dilemmas in Social Care
What is a moral dilemma?; Approaches to resolving moral dilemmas, e.g. ethical decision-making ‘models’; Some common dilemmas in social care practice (Conflicts among core social care values; Conflicts among social care values, social justice and human rights; Conflicts between individual and organisational values).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,2,3,4,6 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 60.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 1.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 4 Mandatory