Ethical Reasoning for a Global Society


Graduate attributes refer to qualities, characteristics and skills that can transfer to being responsible citizens (Bowden et al, 2000). Britain has become a more multi−cultural society and there is an aspiration that Abertay graduates will become global and active citizens therefore they should understand the concepts of tolerance, and the importance of making sound ethical decisions.


The aim is to:increase students’ awareness of the requirements/responsibilities in respect of Equality and Ethics legislation;Require the students to reflect on their responsibilities (moral/ethical) and their potential personal preconceptions when engaging with organisations and their membership.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Understand the terms inclusiveness, equal opportunities, positive action and reasonable adjustment

2.  Discern the ethical issues within personal and professional decisions

3.  Identify and utilise fundamental evidence−based ethical arguments detailing considerations which individuals/organisations need to make

4.  Reflect on how knowledge and insight into equality and ethics issues will inform their engagement with individuals and organisations

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to equality and ethics legislation equality and ethics legislation

2 Diversity competence; moral/ethical reasoning Inclusiveness, equal opportunities, positive action, Reasonable Adjustment, moral/ethical reasoning

3 Attributes for the workplace and for global citizenship

4 Reflective Practice Application of models of reflective practice

5 Contemporary Issues

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Video clips and case study material will be used to stimulate tutorial classroom discussion. The main module assessment instrument will be graded debates. Students will be required to present, as a group, evidence−based arguments. These debates will be scheduled during weeks 8−12. Group processes, supporting peers and involvement with classroom discussions (including a reflective Blackboard Discussion Fora) will be graded as part of the portfolio of engagement. No specific indicative textbooks are referred to − however, students will be signposted to a range of research and employment/legal case study material; as well as Sparqs/NUS resources

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 4
Tutorial/Seminar 11
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 6
Assessment 40
Independent 139

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.