Making Moral Decisions is a course that introduces learners to ethics. It examines some major ethical theories and concentrates on normative ethics. The impact of religion, values, beliefs and ideas in the political and cultural processes of our world is also considered enabling learners to become active, informed, global citizens
Making Moral Decisions will provide learners with the opportunity to investigate the role of belief and values in society and engage in critical enquiry about a range of ideas. The course aims to develop learners’ understanding of ethical theories and how these theories are evident in a number of world views practised in Tasmania today. They will develop their own reasoned and critical responses to various religious, philosophical and ethical dilemmas. Even though learners may not face some of the dilemmas covered in this course, thinking and working through the processes of making moral decisions may help provide them with an understanding of how decisions are made and the factors that need to be considered when arriving at a possible course of action and a framework to assist with their decision making.
Encouraging learners to come to a clearer and critical understanding of their own values and beliefs, as well as those of others, is a central goal of this course. In order to assist teachers to respond to the diversity of learning needs, Making Moral Decisions has a flexible structure containing a range of dilemmas from which to choose.