Course: Theoretical Ground of Applied Ethics in Social Work

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Course title Theoretical Ground of Applied Ethics in Social Work
Course code KCHP/TVE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimek Vojtěch, PhDr. Th.D.
  • Šrajer Jindřich, doc. Dr. theol.
Course content
Obsah: 1. The relevance of philosophy and ethics for social work 2. Wellbeing and meaning of life 3. Truth and good 4. Good and love 5. Freedom, actions and responsibility 6. The anthropological conditions of ethics 7. Promise, guilt, forgiveness and gratitude 8. The question of the justification of charity and the importance of social structures with regard to solving social problems 9. Human rights and their importance for social work. Social ethics as a framework of social policy 10. Reflections on the nature, relationship and differences of faith and religion - consequences for ethical practice in social work 11. Monotheism and humanism (context and ethical consequences) 12. Trinity faith in God - inspiration for practice 13. The person of Jesus Christ - inspiration for practice (teachings, deeds)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The aim is to introduce into the philosophical and theological basis of application of ethics in social work, i. e. to make the students familiar with basic philosophical and ethical approaches and with the basis of Christianity as with the essential conditions for an erudite and complex understanding of the meaning of ethical questions in the social work practise.
Ability to analyze and evaluate the ethical dimension of social work in the light of major ethical theories and other relevant starting points.
The course assumes that you have already taken some course in philosophical ethics.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Test

Written test and Oral examination
Recommended literature
  • Etický kodex sociálních pracovníků v ČR.
  • Listina základních práv a svobod.
  • Anzenbacher, A.:. Úvod do etiky. Praha: Zvon, 1994.
  • Aristotelés. Etika Nikomachova. jakékoli vydání.
  • Düwell, Hübenthal, Werner, (Hrsg.). Handbuch Ethik. 2011.
  • Fischer, O., Milfait, R. a kol. Etika pro sociální práci. 2008.
  • Hilpert K. Základní otázky křesťanské etiky. Brno, 2017.
  • IFSW. Mezinárodní etický kodex sociálních pracovníků.
  • Kopřiva, K. Lidský vztah jako součást profese.
  • Kreeft, P. Návrat ke ctnostem. Praha: Krystal OP, 2013. ISBN 978-80-87183-56-4.
  • Matoušek, O. a kol. Metody a řízení sociální práce, Praha, Portál, 2003, kap. 2 - Profesní etika.
  • Pieper, A. Einführung in die Ethik. 2003.
  • Pospíšil, C. Tajemství Trojjediného a lidská společnost. Praha, 2006.
  • Ratzinger, J. Úvod do křesťanství. Kostelní Vydří, 2007.
  • Spaemann, R. Štěstí a vůle k dobru. Praha: OIKOYMANH, 1998.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Ethics in Social Work (2013) Category: Social sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter