Making the Conditions for Learning: Ethical and Reflexive Practice

Unit code: ESP2001 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
EED2000 - Curriculum Development and Implementation
Students enrolled in EBST must have completed any 4 first year units.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit provides students with a deeper understanding of the nexus of education and care in community education settings. It aims to develop an understanding of ethical and reflexive practice as necessary conditions for learning and educating in social contexts. Students engage with issues of ethical and reflexive practice through case study dilemmas and their collaborative work in small groups. Through academic reading and online resources students develop a broad understanding of professional ethical codes, organisations’ procedural ethics and everyday virtue ethics of listening, communicating care and strength-based pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Create and demonstrate appropriate ethical frameworks in practice;
  2. Develop an ethically justifiable position in relation to taking action in a community education setting;
  3. Articulate in ways that are respectful, empathetic, persuasive and professional;
  4. Articulate the importance of reflexive practice and demonstrate a range of ways of undertaking reflexive practice; and
  5. Reflect on and engage in ethical discussions and problem solving in teams.
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 20%
Identification of personal values and beliefs
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 40%
Identification of educational beliefs and educational philosophy
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Consideration of ethics, educational beliefs and educational philosophy in response to a defined setting.
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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