Courses & Units

Ethics, Education and Professional Practice EMT602

Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on campus study; students may be transferred to the online offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


This unit is a theoretical and practical exploration of ethics in relation to education and teacher identity. It encourages you to consider how particular philosophical ideas inform educational values, how they relate to your identity as a teacher, and how they might be articulated in your own teaching practice. You will think critically and creatively about these ideas and evaluate their impact on educational practices, including those explored in previous and subsequent units. The units rationale is that your teaching practice is strongly informed by your ethical stance on education, children, and professionalism, and the practical implications that flow from this, taking into account key professional and legislative imperatives. The unit focuses on three integrated areas: (1) the development of critical reasoning skills, which will underpin and be woven through your approach to (2) educational ethics and their relation to your professional identity as a teacher, as well as inform your understanding of (3) key contemporary issues in the philosophy of education, and the practical implications that flow from these. You will explore key ideas by engaging critically with lectures on philosophical theory, critical reflection, close reading of relevant material, ethical reasoning, tutorial and peer discussion, and your assessment tasks.


Unit name Ethics, Education and Professional Practice
Unit code EMT602
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor David Moltow
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Winter school Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Winter school 3/6/2024 11/6/2024 24/6/2024 14/7/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • reflect critically on the extent to which educations character and purpose give rise to ethical duties for teachers.
  • decide how best to apply ethical reasoning principles in relation to your teaching practice, taking into account compliance with professional codes of ethics and relevant legislative and regulatory imperatives.
  • critique the ethical dimension of a teachers engagement with parents and carers, justifying the importance of sensitivity and confidentiality when negotiating strategies to foster their children's learning and well-being.
  • evaluate the impact of recent developments in education ethics and philosophy on teaching, and explain how these might inform the formation of your own professional practice.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070199 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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Concurrent Prerequisites



AssessmentParticipation (10%)|Essay (35%)|Case Study (55%)
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