Module details for 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, 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 key ethical terms.

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 ethics issues will inform their engagement with individuals and organisations

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to ethical theory.

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 11
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 40
Independent 137
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.