EDST 404 Ethics and Teaching Syllabus Elfert_2016.pdf

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Ethics and Teaching Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia Course number: EDST 404/308 Dates and time: Thursdays, May 19-June 23, 2016 (summer term 1), 1-3 pm Location: Scarfe 203 Instructor: Dr. Maren Elfert Office: PCOH, Office 3066 Office hours: by appointment E-mail: [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION In their daily practice, teachers constantly find themselves confronted with ethical dilemmas and tensions that derive from the complexity of the many relationships they have to navigate. There are instances when their responsibility toward their students comes into conflict with the demands of the institutional realm of the school or their relationship with colleagues and parents. The professional standards that educators in British Columbia are expected to meet include many ethical concepts, such as “care,” “trust,” “honesty” and “integrity.” However, what does a “caring relationship” look like, and how can educators balance the demands of formal standards with the demands of care? What kind of ethical dilemmas do educators face, and based on what grounds do they make decisions in such situations? In this course students will be encouraged to share and analyze ethical dilemmas that arise in the teaching profession and examine their own ethical values, where these values come from, and how to reconcile these values with professional demands in concrete situations. This course encourages students to reflect on what they consider the moral purpose of education and how they see their own role as moral agents. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course prepares students to: recognize how school and teachers reflect moral values; appreciate that ethical questions arise continuously in the practice of teaching and be equipped to tackle them; articulate their own positions and values that guide their ethical framework for teaching;
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2 understand how different approaches to moral education themselves reflect different values; identify the relevant laws and policies that frame the teaching profession in BC in general, and expectations of professional conduct in particular. LOGISTICS AND COURSE POLICIES If you require special assistance or accommodations for this course, please contact me as soon as possible with your information from the office for Access & Diversity (). Academic integrity: Plagiarism or other instances of academic malfeasance will not be accepted. It is your responsibility as a student to familiarize yourself with the definition of plagiarism and to learn how to avoid it; for further information see - academic-integrity/.
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  • Summer '16
  • Lynn Wainwright
  • Ethics , Course Syllabus

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