Purpose of the course is to strengthen participants’ ethical knowledge and skills by helping them to reflect, analyse and understand ethical dilemmas occurring in professional practice. Another purpose is to examine general ethical principles and a set of standards adopted by professional communities in health and social care and review their effect on opinion and decision-making of professionals.
Internationalisation and communications competence
At the end of the course, you are able to differentiate among values, morals, ethical guidelines and the law and recognize how they effect on professional practice. You have an ability to identify, critically analyse and discuss a wide variety of issues related to ethical dilemmas within your professional practice. In addition, you can apply ethical decision-making processes and generate solutions to conflicts arising in professional practice.
Introduction to Professional Ethics
Law and Ethics
Ethical issues in professional practice
Professional competency and autonomy
Assessment criteria, passed/failed
Student identifies main differences between values, morals, guidelines and the law and can explain what is their impact on her or his own professional field of practice. Student demonstrates ability to discuss ethical dilemmas in a critical manner with fellow students. Student applies decision-making and problem-solving knowledge and skills during the course.
Language of instruction
Planned learning activities, teaching methods and guidance
Live webinars: 12 hours (6 x 2 hours)
Independent studies: 123 hours
Discussion group participation: pass-fail (group feedback, teacher feedback)
Case analyses paper: pass-fail (teacher feedback)
Learning materials and recommended literature
Shaping an Ethical Workplace Culture. 2013. SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines Series. Sponsored by Briggs and Morgan, P.A., The Kenrich Group LLC. Available online: https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/trends-and-forecasting/special-reports-and-expert-views/Documents/Ethical-Workplace-Culture.pdf
Monrouxe, L., & Rees, C. E. 2017. Healthcare Professionalism: Improving Practice through Reflections on Workplace Dilemmas. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hopia, H., Lottes, I. & Kanne, M. 2016. Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas of Finnish and Dutch Health Professionals. Nursing Ethics, 23(6), 659–673. doi: 10.1177/0969733015579311
Working life cooperation
The content of the course will be based partly upon an integration of students' experiences with moral issues and ethical dilemmas arising from professional practice.
01.09.2020 - 18.12.2020
Learning assignments and student workload
Live webinars: 12 hours
Discussion group participation assignment: 50 hours
Case analyses paper assignment: 60 hours
Self-evaluation: 13 hours
03.08.2020 - 30.08.2020
Live webinars will be realized as follows. Note: Mandatory participation.
1. Webinar: 14.9.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Introduction to Professional Ethics)
2. Webinar: 28.9.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Laws and Ethics)
3. Webinar: 5.10.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Ethical issues in professional practice and decision-making I)
4. Webinar: 19.10.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Ethical issues in professional practice and decision-making II)
5. Webinar: 2.11.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Ethical case analyses)
6. Webinar: 16.11.2020 Monday 6-8 pm Helsinki time (Professional competency and autonomy)
10 - 20
Evaluation given by a teacher
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Mode of delivery
Share of virtual studies
Academic year 2021 - 2022
There is no implementations attached to this degree programme.