Applied Ethics in Contemporary Societies (BAXDC3004)

How we respond to ethical issues defines who we are as individuals, the institutions and organisations in which we participate, and the kind of society in which we want to live. It is paramount that we understand the complexity of these issues if we are to engage the world responsibly. This course, through an interrogation of values (personal/professional/social/political), explores how we engage the world as ethically responsible citizens and professional practitioners. The course will begin with an introduction to key concepts of professional practice, ethical reasoning and major ethical theories, including utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics of care. We will interrogate the role of values, principles, emotion, and reasoning in responding to some of the pressing practice issues and ethical questions of our day. In particular, we will focus on how we understand and justify our relations with other human beings, contemporary technologies, non-human animals, the environment, institutions, and organisations. The course will draw upon advanced analysis of real-world scenarios and run simulations that engage students in progressively more complex cases of ethical decision-making.

Credit point 15
EFTSL 0.125
Band4(GF1)

Commonwealth supported place


2021 contribution amount - commencing student* $1,812
2021 contribution amount - grandfathered student* $850

* excluding students enrolled in a Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work program. For accredited program and student contribution information please visit our CSP page.

Note: Due to the Job-ready Graduates Package new funding clusters and contribution amounts will take effect in the 2021 academic year. Grandfathering arrangements will be in place for students who would see an increase in their contribution amounts. Under these arrangements, students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2021 facing increased student contribution amounts for a unit, will instead have their student contribution and Australian Government contribution amounts remain as they were under the previous arrangements (with existing rates being indexed by CPI each year). If continuing students are enrolled in units that will see their student contribution amount lowered, their student contributions will be the lowered amount

Domestic full fee paying

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International full fee paying

International tuition fees are program-based annual fees and the subject fee you pay will vary according to the degree you are studying. Please visit student fees website to find out more about international tuition fees and view the relevant fee schedule

Semester census dates

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Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer semester
Semesters Calendar
31 March 2021
31 August 2021
10 December 2021
Trimester Calendar
16 April 2021
13 August 2021
10 December 2021