SCIE2100 Social Responsibility in Action

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit increases students' awareness and critical thinking skills related to a diverse range of ethical dilemmas. The unit is designed to arm students with thinking skills and knowledge in ethics to enable them to respond in respectful ways in the workplace and in their personal lives to a variety of ethical issues. As such, this is a multidisciplinary unit involving Philosophy; Animal Biology; Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology; History; and Pharmacology across three faculties of this University (Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education; Faculty of Science; and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences). Teaching in Philosophy includes different approaches to ethical theory and the code of ethics relating to various fields of study or professions. Humans interact with animals in a range of areas including research, teaching, as pets and livestock. Animal Biology explores animal ethics and welfare using current dilemmas such as genetically modified animals, the use of animals in research, farming systems and entertainment industries. Teaching in Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology highlights issues involving human reproduction. History focusses on issues such as war, tyrannicide and whistleblowing. Pharmacology explores issues such as drug discovery, development, marketing and use in developed and developing nations. Guest speakers also contribute to occasional lectures in the unit. It is envisaged that such speakers offer a life and/or workplace view on current ethical dilemmas. Speakers are selected from across the University and surrounding areas. Visitors from interstate or overseas may also be invited to contribute in this manner.
Students are able to (1) recognise ethical issues in their fields of study or profession; (2) understand theoretical frameworks used to analyse ethical practice; (3) identify core values of ethical practice relating to their fields of study or profession; (4) demonstrate moral sensitivity to competing interests in diverse contexts; (5) engage in informed discussion and ethical reasoning to reach morally defensible decisions; and (6) communicate orally and in writing on ethical issues in a logical, organised manner that clearly and accurately conveys their thoughts, arguments, evidence, reasoning and conclusions.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorials and (2) project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Lynette Fernandes
Unit rules
completion of 48 points of prior study
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 3 hours per week for 5 weeks
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.