Courses & Units

Education, Ethics and Professional Practice ESH302

Launceston, Cradle Coast


The focus of 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 these values relate to your identity as a teacher, and how they might be articulated into your own ethical teaching practice. You will gain and apply skills in appraising these ideas and evaluating their impact on educational practice. This process will assist you to arrive at the foundations of your own understanding of the philosophy and ethics of education, which will be built upon as you progress through your degree and teaching career.

The rationale for this unit is that your teaching practice is strongly influenced by your philosophical stance on teaching and the ethical implications that flow from this. You will explore these issues by engaging with philosophical theory, critical reflection, ethical reasoning, tutorial and peer discussion, and your assessment tasks.

The unit focuses on three main areas: 1) the development of critical reasoning skills will underlie and be woven through your approach to, 2) teacher identity and its relation to ethics, as well as inform your understanding of, 3) a number of key contemporary issues in the philosophy of education.


Unit name Education, Ethics and Professional Practice
Unit code ESH302
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Mr Paul Cutler

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070303

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Teaching Pattern

On-Campus students: Lecture 1 hr x 13 weeks  Cradle Coast students: tutorial 2 hr x 13 weeks   Launceston: tutorial 2 hr x 13 weeks

Online students: fully online with weekly readings and activities


Task 1: Essay (40%). Task 2: Case studies (60%)

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