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HMT2000 Ethical Issues and Human Rights

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Ethical Issues and Human Right
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090399 - Studies in Human Society n.e.c
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Jess Carniel


Pre-requisite: HMT1000

Other requisites

Students who have previously completed CDS2000 cannot enrol in this course.
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Ethical professional and research practice is a key requirement of all graduates, with evolving community expectations, legal requirements and professional demands. This applies to a range of professions, and to research ethics in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.


This course introduces students to the main legal, ethical, and social justice responsibilities that are integral to professional and research contexts. While considering a range of approaches to moral philosophy, students will focus on a rights based approach, together with an awareness of contemporary social justice issues. Examples and applications will be taken from a range of professions (e.g. human services, journalism) and codes of research ethics (e.g. human subjects, animal ethics).


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. define the major philosophical approaches to ethics;
  2. reflect on the ethical basis for their own and society's values and attitudes to a variety of contemporary ethical issues;
  3. give examples of human rights issues, and critically analyse instances of inequality and marginalisation, in Australia and other countries;
  4. identify the key factors that shape contemporary understandings of social justice;
  5. identify and apply ethical research and enquiry skills;
  6. competently apply oral and written skills in the analysis and discussion of ethical issues and human rights;
  7. use academic and professional literacy skills to apply knowledge in the analysis and application of ethical literature and theory to selected professional and research contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ethical frameworks and issues 25.00
2. Human rights 25.00
3. Social Justice 25.00
4. Professional and research ethics 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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All material for this course is available online via Study Desk and it is the student’s responsibility to access these materials each week.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Baggini, J & Fosl, PS 2007, The ethics toolkit: a compendium of ethical concepts and methods, Blackwell, Maiden.
Blackburn, S 2001, Being good: a short introduction to ethics, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Boylan, M (ed) 2011, The morality and global justice reader, Westview Press, Boulder CO.
Singer, P 2011, Practical ethics, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Private Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MID-SEMESTER TAKE-HOME TEST 100 40 26 Apr 2021 (see note 1)
MOODLE LESSONS 100 10 31 May 2021 (see note 2)
CASE STUDY 100 50 07 Jun 2021

  1. The mid-semester take home testwill be released to students on Monday 19 April with an expected completion within one week.
  2. Moodle Lessons are administered weekly via StudyDesk. They involve content delivery and quizzes on that material. Lesson marks will be finalised and collated after the date indicated above. Please refer to StudyDesk for the schedule of deadlines.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The mid-semester take-home test will be administered in the same way as other forms of written assessment; that is, it will be submitted as a document via the submission portal and processed via Turnitin.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    The mid-semester take-home test will be subject to the same extension processes as other forms of written assessment, such as essays.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 14 April 2021