In this unit, you will consider a range of ethical problems that are commonly encountered by design practitioners. This can include questions relating to borrowing and acknowledging the ideas and intellectual property of other designers, the impact of design activities on resources and the environment, and the possible influences and effects of design-led change on people and society in general.
You will develop an awareness of ethical design practice, and learn to consider your own design practice and decision-making in the context of broad ethical considerations, such as gender equality, human rights and the ‘social contract,’ environmental responsibility, and fairness, honesty and transparency in commercial and client interactions.
|Unit name||Design Ethics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Niklavs Rubenis|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Identify key ethical challenges for designers and design industries
- Differentiate between ethical and unethical design practice in a professional context
- Apply ethical practice in dynamic practice situations
- Reflect on how ethical awareness influences personal design practice
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:ZAD205
3 hour tutorial/workshop weekly.
|Assessment||AT2: Making Ethical Decisions (30%)|AT3: Presentation: Expanded Ethics and Practice (40%)|AT1: Reflective Essay: Copyright Conflicts (30%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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