Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals

About this course

The course is intended for faculty members, academic teachers and researchers in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and will help them recognise, understand and address ethical issues in personal, institutional and professional contexts. Course participants will be asked to reflect on existing policies and practices within their institutions, and more broadly, within the higher education sector. Knowledge and tools will be provided to reflect on ethical dilemmas in the context of teaching, conducting research, accompanying students and engaging with higher education policies through the lens of an ethicist. Course participants will be guided to analyse relevant case studies in view of developing ethical frameworks such as codes of ethics, regulations and other standardising instruments appropriate for their teaching praxis.

This course has been officially benchmarked by the Education Counselling and Credit Transfer Information Service (ECCTIS)/ United Kingdom National Information Centre for the Recognition and Evaluation of International Qualifications and Skills (UK ENIC).

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant information and ideas, and propose solutions from different theoretical ethical perspectives or approaches and apply them in their area of study or work in higher education.
  • The key learning outcomes of this course centre on the knowledge of core ethical principles, standards and competence in executing a detailed analysis of ethical dilemmas, and skills relevant for employability in constructing a framework for a higher education institution's code of ethics.

Unit 1 Why should I be ethical?
Unit 2 Ethical Decision Making
Unit 3 Ethics of Service Delivery
Unit 4 Publication Ethics
Unit 5 Plagiarism
Unit 6 Assessment Fraud and Examination Cheating
Unit 7 Harassment and Bullying: Workplace bullying in universities
Unit 8 University codes of ethics, rules and regulations
Final Assignment


Diyva Singh

Prof. Dr, Law, South Africa, Chief Academic Officer, Stadio Holdings

South Africa


Mandy Lee

Head of academics, Stadio Holdings


Participants whose first language is not English are recommended to have a minimum English language-proficiency of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The self-assessment grid under this link provides potential participants with an overview in case of unfamiliarity with this framework.

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Duration8 weeks
Starting date14 March 2022
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Workload40 hours (8 online modules)
Subjects Education, teaching, research
Language English
Study Method Distance learning

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