Courses & Units

Design Ethics ZAD225

Launceston, Hobart


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
Unit code ZAD225
Credit points 12.5
College/School University College
Discipline Applied Design
Coordinator Doctor Niklavs Rubenis
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
100599 $1,002.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

3 hour tutorial/workshop weekly.

AssessmentAT2: Making Ethical Decisions (30%)|AT3: Presentation: Expanded Ethics and Practice (40%)|AT1: Reflective Essay: Copyright Conflicts (30%)
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