SWK278 Ethics, Law and the Helping Professions | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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SWK278 Ethics, Law and the Helping Professions

The course provides students with an appreciation of how their values influence their decisions and actions in practice. It provides an overview of ethical theories, ethico-legal principles and relevant legislation in practice. Further, the legal dimensions of professional practice will be explored. Attention is given to understanding ethics and law as the linked capacities to act for the rights and well-being of people, animals and the ecosystem. Professional power involves the ethical use of self and is meant to ensure the best interests of service users are upheld. To this end, the course provides students with ideas and skills for building ethical literacy, resolving ethical dilemmas, interpreting relevant legislation and understanding the importance of professional integrity in complex human services practice settings.

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Semester of offer Subject to change
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
Student contribution band
Band 4A
Tuition fee
1.4A: Social Work, Counselling, Welfare Std, Human Welf nec 0905XX
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