Course Description

This course will help you identify and incorporate different approaches to the General Capability: Ethical Understanding into your everyday teaching practice. You’ll learn:

  • What ethics and ethical issues could look like in a classroom context.
  • Why ethical understanding is important for 21st Century teaching and learning.
  • Where ethical understanding fits within the Australian Curriculum.
  • Approaches to teaching ethical understanding, including:  Teaching ethical principles and applying ethical principles to ethical issues; Developing values criteria and applying them to situations; Identifying, evaluating and reflecting for ethical understanding This course was developed by Cool Australia.

Many thanks to Aquarius Productions and Intrinsic Story for their support in the creation of this online course. We would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, and Documentary Australia Foundation.

 Target Audience

Secondary Teachers


Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation: Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking


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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Start Here

    • About This Course

    • Ethical Understanding Handout

    • Background to Ethics

    • Set a Learning Goal

    • Reflection Task

  • 2

    Module 2 - Ethical Understanding in the Australian Curriculum

    • What is Ethics?

    • A World without Ethics

    • What is an Ethical Issue ?

    • Reflection Task

    • General Capability: Ethical Understanding

  • 3

    Module 3 - Approaches to Teaching Ethical Understanding

    • Teaching Ethical Principles

    • Applying Ethical Principles

    • Reflection Task

    • Values Criteria and Ethical Understanding

    • Applying Values Criteria

    • Ethical Understanding as a Three-Part Process

    • Guiding Questions of the Three-Part Process

    • Try it Yourself

    • Three-Part Process Worksheet

    • Teaching Tips

    • Quick Check-In

    • Reflection Task

  • 4

    Module 4 - Ethical Understanding in Action

    • Teaching Resources

  • 5

    Module 5 - Reflection

    • Reflect on your Learning

    • Reflection Task

    • Your Next Steps

  • 6

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback

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    If you complete less than 25% of an online course and aren't completely satisfied, let us know, and we will cancel your enrolment and provide a full refund.