EDUCATION LAW AND ETHICS

LAW5EDU

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students locate their knowledge of the professional practice of teaching within the context of the legal and ethical environment in which they, as teachers, will operate.  Students will develop an understanding of the sources of law and of legal and non-legal obligations, including ethics, with which they must comply as teaching professionals.  Students will develop an advanced understanding of the legal and ethical obligation to maintain their skills and knowledge and to maintain professional networks.  Students will engage in a series of case studies through which they will critically analyse the application of legal and non-legal principles and practices to the physical and psychological safety of students and others in the school environment, the safe, responsible and ethical use of IT in learning and teaching, responsible and confidential interactions with the school community and the processes, limitations and consequences of risk analysis.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLaw and Education ebookPrescribedVariousNA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Examine and develop advanced understanding of the legislative, common law and ethical context in which effective, sensitive and confidential engagement of parents and carers in the educative process occurs.

Activities:
Concept presentations and case study exercises, reading and analysis of primary and secondary legal materials, assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of legislative requirements to maintain student safety and develop and evaluate strategies that support students' physical and psychological well-being and safety

Activities:
Concept presentations, individual student reading of primary and secondary materials, online discussions to clarify and evaluate strategies, assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Critically analyse legislative and ethical frameworks in which ICT in learning and teaching occurs and advanced understanding of strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

Activities:
Concept presentations, individual student reading of primary and secondary materials, online discussions to clarify and evaluate strategies, assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Demonstrate critical understanding of the professional learning needs of teachers to improve practice, including an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the appropriate sources of professional learning.

Activities:
Modelled through analysis of written cases, on-line discussion, concept presentations readings and assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Develop knowledge and understanding of the legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes affecting teaching and teachers

Activities:
Modelled through analysis of written cases, on-line discussion, concept presentations readings and assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Critically understand the necessity for teachers to broaden their professional knowledge and practice through interaction with external professionals and community representatives.

Activities:
Concept presentations, individual student reading of primary and secondary materials, online discussions to clarify and evaluate strategies, assessment tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, Summer 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFrancine Rochford

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 01 - 06
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture/film per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 01 to week 06 and delivered via online.

Directed Reading Week: 01 - 06
Forty 1.0 days directed reading per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 01 to week 06 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Response to a case study raising ethical and legal issues (word equivalent 2500 words)To be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.45 01, 02, 04, 05
Draft analysis of policy and practice (part A) word equivalent 1000 wordsTo be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.15 03, 04, 05, 06
Final analysis of policy and practice (part B) word equivalent 2000 wordsTo be submitted and marked online. No hard copy submission required.40 03, 04, 05, 06