Ethics and Social Justice (EDEC3001)


Power, entitlement, social justice and ethical discourses are all concepts with which early childhood educators must familiarise themselves and act upon when undertaking a leadership or teaching/caregiving role with children under 5 years of age. This unit enables students to become aware of and to develop reflective understandings about morals and ethics, professional accountability, professional conduct, responding ethically, communicating ethically with people from a wide and diverse population, and conflict and issue resolution. Students will examine a range of legal and ethical mandates and guidelines associated with the role of the professional in early childhood environments. This unit looks at globalism, social justice in a diverse world, and issues of parternship and power. It also enables students to appreciate how ethical values develop in young minds, how this is related to the infant brain and how early childhood educators can assist in developing children's ethical values awareness. It also allows students to explore their own ethical precepts and to consider a range of options for working with young children and their families to foster socially just, morally acceptable and ethically appropriate early childhood environments.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk and 1x2hr workshop/wk, for 12 weeks


1500wd summary of group conversations (30%), 2000wd individual reflective diary (30%), 2500wd critical essay (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

72 credit points

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.