SPRb1111 Philosophy and Social Work Ethics

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
PhDr. Mirka Nečasová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Mirka Nečasová, Ph.D.
Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 10:00–11:40 U42
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! SPP111 Philosophy and Ethics
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The course serves as an introduction to the reflection of the selected ethical theories and values orientation important for the professional performance in the field of social work. Main objectives can be summarized as follows: to support the students ability to reflect their own values, the values of the profession and the underlying ethical theories.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the importance od ethics in social work practice; to apply pieces of knowledge from the theories to the examples from practice and to understand their own values and the theoretical fundaments.
  • Relevance of ethics for social work
  • Social situation and professional identity
  • Theories of ethics - virtue ethics; ethics of eternal law; theories of the social contract; deontology; utilitarism; antioppressive theories; discourse ethics; ethics of care
  • Professional values in social work
  • Perception of clients (service users); managerialism
  • Professionalism and codes of ethics
  • Models of the way of performing social work in practice and solving of the dilemmas
    required literature
  • BANKS, Sarah. Ethics and values in social work. 3rd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. xx, 218. ISBN 140399420X. URL info
  • Blízké a vzdálené :etické teorie a principy práce s lidmi. Edited by Jan-Olav Henriksen - Arne Johan Vetlesen - Miluše Juříčková. 1. vyd. Boskovice: ALBERT, 2000. 210 s. ISBN 80-85834-85-5. info
  • NEČASOVÁ, Mirka. Profesionalismus a etické kodexy v sociální práci (Professionalism and codes of ethics in social work). In FISCHER, Ondřej and René MILFAIT. Etika pro sociální práci. Praha: JABOK, 2008. p. 72-94, 22 pp. ISBN 978-80-904137-3-3. info
    not specified
  • NEČASOVÁ, Mirka. Úvod do filozofie a etiky v sociální práci (Philosophy and Ethics in Social Work - Introduction). 1st ed. Brno: Vydavatelství MU, Brno-Kraví Hora, 2001. 98 pp. ISBN 80-210-2673-1. info
  • HUGMAN, Richard. New approaches in ethics for the caring professions. 1st pub. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. xii, 190. ISBN 1403914710. info
  • BANKS, Sarah. Ethics, accountability and the social professions. 1st pub. Basinstoke: Palgrave, 2004. xiv, 221. ISBN 0333751663. info
  • NEČASOVÁ, Mirka. Respekt ke klientům na praktickém příkladě kvality života seniorů v domově (Respect for clients and the example of quality of life in the home for elderly people). Sociální práce|Sociálna práca. Brno: ASVSP, 2004, vol. 2004, No 4, p. 39 - 54, 15 pp. ISSN 1213-6204. info
  • CLARK, Chris L. Social work ethics :politics, principles and practice. 1st pub. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 2000. ix, 227 s. ISBN 0-333-71934-4. info
Teaching methods
lectures, reading, discussion in groups
Assessment methods
final test and essay
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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