Ethics and Professionalism

Code: EDUC8245

Course description

This subject will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework. Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises and group discussions. This subject will provide participants with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.

Course details

Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Please note: This course is offered through OntarioLearn. To review important information such as textbook, exam and grade information, visit the OntarioLearn Information web page.

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Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Spring 2022 registration opens February 7, 2022. Fall 2022 registration opens July 4, 2022.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery with no assigned day or time requirements, independent course completion

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery with scheduled day and time course requirements

Hybrid: any combination of: in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery