Commonly associated with the broader discipline of philosophy, ethics is often defined as ‘the norms and rules of conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour’. It is an important subject, as it’s not just related to law and religion – it impacts on a wide array of work industries. This course is ideal for people in a range of careers from the health and teaching professions, to those in the business, law, policing and political sectors.
The Certificate of Ethicsis an online program that will give you insights into the three common ethical areas – meta, normative and applied ethics and how they impact on decision-making processes.
In this professional development course, you will study the origins and theories of ethics, different ethical viewpoints, the reasons behind ethical decisions and the virtue ethics model.
You will also learn about the theories of social contracts, and applied ethics in terms of an individual’s rights, and ethical society and ethics in business and the workplace.
On completion of this course, you will have developed the ability to question why particular codes of ethics exist, what their uses and limitations are, and how this knowledge can help you personally and professionally.
Unit - Ethics
Unit 1 – Overview and introductory ethics
Who invented ethics – what are its origins?
Ethics and philosophy
Current ethical theories:
Divine command theory of ethics
The theory of forms theory of ethics
Theory of relative ethics
The three areas of ethics
What determines your own ethics/ sense of morality?
Unit 2 – Arguing an ethical position – an overview of meta ethics
Expressivism theories (non-cognitive)
Unit 3 – accommodating varying viewpoints
Different ethical viewpoints
Unit 3 – Accommodating Varying Viewpoints
Different Ethical Viewpoints
Unit 4 – Virtues and morality
Developmental model of virtue ethics
Unit 5 – Reasons for ethical decisions
Theories of ethical decision- making
The theories in more detail
The principle of double effect
Unit 6 – The social contract
Principle of self-interest
Theories of social contract
Twentieth century social contract theory
Unit 7 – Applied ethics A – an individual’s rights
Basic human rights
The underpinning values of human rights
Categories of human rights
Human rights breaches
Applied ethics A
Unit 8 – Applied ethics B – an ethical society
What is an ethical society?
Applied ethics b
Case study: African Caribbean people and schizophrenia
Unit 9 – Applied ethics C – ethics in work and business
Why do organisations need ethics?
Applied ethics C – organisations and professions
Benefits of ethics in healthcare
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How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
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Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
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Professional development for those who wish to develop the ability to question why particular codes of ethics are in place, along with their usefulness and limitations.