Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit investigates the ethical dimensions of teachers' work. It explores Victorian and national codes of conduct and ethics, and critically examines what constitutes ethical practice in education. Students examine the ethical use of technologies in school environments, and understand the complex ethical obligations and issues that characterise student-teacher and parent-teacher relationships, including the issue of duty of care. Students examine literature that explores ethical understandings for teachers and how this might impact on teaching ethically in primary and secondary schools. Students examine their personal beliefs and practices in relation to the literature and to experiences during their professional placement.


At the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify the main dimensions of ethical practice for teachers as represented in policy documents and the literature, so that they meet legislative, administrative and organisational requirements
  2. articulate their own beliefs and practices in response to the literature and practicum experiences
  3. examine their own teaching practice in relation to ethical dilemmas and issues arising in their local context
  4. teach in ways that meet professional ethics and responsibilities, including engagement with parents and care-givers and ethical engagement with technologies.


Assessment task 1: Fieldwork placement
Assessment task 2: Digital poster and tutorial presentation (equivalent 2000 words, PGO)

Contact hours

2 contact hours per week with a further minimum 10 hours of self-directed study per week.