Module Title:Ethics and Human Rights
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 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- communicating knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Class discussion/Debate-Students will be encouraged to activiely participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills including problem based learning and group activities. Self-Directed Independent learning- the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices. E-learning- It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials to assist independent learning
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.D1.-Pr.5; D1.-Pr.14;D4.P1; D4, P2; D.5-Pr.2; D.5-Pr. 2
LO2 Evaluate ethical theories as they relate to social care. D1-Pr.11; D.1-Pr. 12; D5-Pr.2; D4,P1.
LO3 Apply human rights frameworks and principles (including children's rights) to the practice of social care. D.1-Pr 1; D1.-Pr.3; D.1-Pr.11; D1-Pr.8; D1-P15, D2-Pr19; D.5-Pr.8; D5.-Pr. 9; D.5-Pr.15
LO4 Explain and evaluate the role of codes of ethics. D.1-Pr.1; D1.-Pr.7, D4, P3.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Social Care Values
What are moral values? Some core social care values: e.g. dignity, respect; care; equality; freedom and autonomy; empathy; human rights, sustainability (D1.-Pr.5; D1.-Pr.14; D.5-Pr.2; D.5-Pr. 2)
Ethical Theory and Social Care
The purpose of ethical theories; Indicative theories: Kant and the ethics of duty Bentham, Mill and utilitarian ethics Aristotle and virtue ethics Ethics of care (e.g. Noddings, Gilligan, Held, Kittay) Theories of social justice, e.g. Capabilities Approach (Sen, Nussbaum), Rawls and distributive justice; Franz Fanon. (D1-Pr.11; D.1-Pr. 12; D5-Pr.2;)
Human Rights
What are human rights? What are children's rights? Justifications for human rights; International human rights instruments, e.g. UNCRC, UNCRPD Applications of human rights, including children's rights, in social care. The Lundy model and social care. Human rights and the climate emergency The challenge of collective and intergenerational rights (D.1-Pr 1; D1.-Pr.3; D.1-Pr.11; D1-Pr.8; D2-Pr19; D.5-Pr.8; D5.-Pr. 9; D.5-Pr.15)
Professionalism and Codes of Ethics
What are professional ethics? The purpose and function of codes of ethics Codes and professionalism; Codes of ethics for social care professionals; Approaches to ethical decision-making in professional practice. (D.1-Pr.1; D1.-Pr.7; D1.-Pr.5; D1.-Pr.14; D.5-Pr.2; D.5-Pr. 2)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A project in which students will critically analyse, reflect upon and present on the application of human rights (including children's rights) to social care practice. D1.-Pr.5; D1.-Pr.14;D4.P1; D4, P2; D.5-Pr.2; D.5-Pr. 2 D1-Pr.11; D.1-Pr. 12; D5-Pr.2; D4,P1.D.1-Pr 1; D1.-Pr.3; D.1-Pr.11; D1-Pr.8; D1-P15, D2-Pr19; D.5-Pr.8; D5.-Pr. 9; D.5-Pr.15 1,2,3 60.00 n/a
Case Studies Students will be asked to evaluate and reflect upon relevant ethical values, theory and codes of practice.D1-Pr.11; D.1-Pr. 12; D5-Pr.2; D4,P1.D.1-Pr 1; D1.-Pr.3; D1-Pr.8; D1-P15, D2-Pr19; D.5-Pr.8; D5.-Pr. 9; D.5-Pr.15D.1-Pr.1; D1.-Pr.7, D4, P3. 2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 13.47
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies in Professional Social Care 7 Mandatory