Courses & Units

Ethics and Social Responsibility XBR106



Consider yourself an ethical individual? Think you understand what is meant by social responsibility? We all know that ethical and value driven leaders are required in society and what this unit will do is challenge your current thinking and ask you to explore different perspectives around ethics and social responsibility. It will provide you with the capabilities and thinking frameworks that will allow you to reflect on the notion of ethics and ethical decision-making and provide you with the confidence and self-belief that you are acting in a way that is appropriate, moral, and rationally supported. A sensitivity and understanding of ethics and social responsibility is now an imperative within modern society. Truly sustainable inspirational leadership can only evolve from an ethical and socially responsible base. This unit works on that level but also provides the tools necessary to allow individuals to reflect on the moral judgements that we make on a daily basis.

Students will gain an understanding of the University's Statement of Values and from this foundation of personal ethics within the University environment; students will learn the theoretical philosophical frameworks that encompass ethical decision-making. The unit will also clarify the conceptual boundaries between ethics and other areas, such as law, commerce, and religion. Attention will be drawn to forms of unethical conduct that can adversely influence the life of a University student (such as academic misconduct, cyber bullying, and peer pressure) and will, through a series of real-world based scenarios, consider how ethical frameworks can assist a person to make appropriate decisions within a range of settings. These settings will include the contemporary research environment, the context of policy settings to minimise criminal behaviour, an understanding of ethics and its context to corporate life, how ethics influences the life of a legal professional, the interconnection of religion to ethics, and how ethical frameworks operate in the global context.


Unit name Ethics and Social Responsibility
Unit code XBR106
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Faculty Office TSBE|Law|Philosophy and Gender Studies

Prof M Otlowski

Teaching staff

Prof M Otlowski, Prof D Baltzly and Dr R Macklin

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,561.00 091701

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Teaching Pattern



A combination of internal assessment

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