PP0557 - Moral & Ethical Dilemmas in the Health & Social Care workplace

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the differences between morals (which define personal character), ethics (the social systems in which morals are applied), values (beliefs or ideals about what is good or bad or desirable and undesirable) and principles (the action-oriented expressions of values). Exploring the relationships between these, you will consider moral and ethical dilemmas in the health and social care workplace as involving conflicts between two or more ethical principles. This will involve you in learning about and reflecting upon concepts including justice, equality, inequality, rights, power, entitlement, citizenship, difference, dependence, independence, needs, distribution, and privatisation. These will be discussed in relation to issues such as the right to self-determination, the need for confidentiality, differences between your own and service users’ morals and values, the importance of human relationships, and the need to retain professional integrity and boundaries. You will also explore contemporary debates and arguments around, for example, who makes decisions about what constitutes quality of life or contrasting claims to the right to ‘assisted living’ with claims to the right to ‘assisted dying’.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching and learning strategies for this module will include lectures and seminars in which the main concepts and ideas will be outlined. A key part of the module will involve facilitated group discussions where you will explore key concepts in more depth and draw out individual and collective analysis. Lectures will involve an emphasis on developing an understanding of the theory, while within seminars you will start to relate theory to practice. Engagement with directed independent study tasks will be required, as well as working in informal groups to present your ideas. Online forums and discussion groups will also provide opportunities to enhance your learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As well as a series of formal lectures in which module content will be delivered, lecturers will facilitate seminar groups to support academic development. You will have access to lecturers at specifically designated times via online forums; email; group tutorials and one to one meetings. Group tutorials will provide preparation for formative and summative assessment, and written and verbal feedback will be provided to identify aspects of your strengths and also aspects which require development. Contact details for all module tutors are available in the module handbook and via the eLP. Guidance tutors will also meet with you regularly to provide both academic and pastoral support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will be able to critically discuss the differences and relationships between morals, ethics, values and principles.
2. You will have begun to apply the skills and understanding involved in reflecting on, addressing and resolving moral and ethical dilemmas in classroom exercises

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will be able to critically identify and reflect on conflicting values and principles relating to moral and ethical dilemmas as these are expressed in everyday discourse in the health and social care workplace

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will develop the ability to critically reflect on your own morals, ethics, values and principles and to examine the way these may impact on the way you work with and support others in the workplace.
5. You will develop the ability to critically reflect on the way you respond to the morals, ethics, values and principles of others with whom you work.

How will I be assessed?

Formative

You will work in study groups to prepare a presentation in which you debate conflicting views on a contemporary theme relating to the module content. This presentation will be delivered in a seminar in which, with the other students in your group, you will lead and guide the discussion following your presentation.


Summative Assessment is in two parts:

a) You will produce a reflective diary (video or written, 2000 words) reflecting on module content, reviewing academic literature, and exploring your own morals, ethics, values and principles; how these might fit or conflict with those you anticipate being held in the health and social care work place; and how you anticipate addressing any possible conflicts (MLO 1,2,3,4,5).

and
b) You will produce a 1000 word summary
of your reflective diary, drawing on insights developed in this module
(MLO 1,2,3,4,5)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

In this module you will learn about the differences between morals, ethics, values and principles. Exploring the relationships between these, you will consider moral and ethical dilemmas in the health and social care workplace as involving conflicts between two or more ethical principles. This will involve you in learning about and reflecting upon concepts including justice, equality, inequality, rights, power, entitlement, citizenship, difference, dependence, independence, needs, distribution, and privatisation. These will be discussed in relation to issues such as the right to self-determination, the need for confidentiality, differences between your own and service users’ morals and values, the importance of human relationships, and the need to retain professional integrity and boundaries. You will also explore contemporary debates and arguments around, for example, who makes decisions about what constitutes quality of life or contrasting claims to the right to ‘assisted living’ with claims to the right to ‘assisted dying’.

Course info

UCAS Code L5L5

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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