Ethics in Education (Module 32432)

This module explores ethical theories and their application to contemporary issues in education.

Moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that is interested in what may be judged to be good or bad, right or wrong, and why. Moral philosophers are interested in questions to do with the ‘good life’, including the right way to act and how to organise society. Moral education, whether formal or informal, influences individuals and is crucial to a well-functioning society. At a time of global technological connection, the role for schools in learning and teaching must be considered in light of contemporary ethical challenges relating to media, technology, and globalisation. 

This module will investigate the role for educational institutions in teaching and/or enforcing moral rules and cultivating values in order to shape certain kinds of citizens. Philosophical theories and concepts will be applied to contemporary ethical issues in education.


By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a philosophically-informed understanding of key concepts in moral education
  • Use philosophical methods of inquiry by which philosophers analyse ethical questions
  • Critically engage with a range of established positions in the field of moral philosophy
  • Communicate philosophical ideas and arguments clearly and persuasively
  • Articulate and defend personal conclusions regarding contemporary ethical issues in education


20 credits

Contact time

Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours); Guided independent study (160 hours).


Coursework (100%)

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