Journal article

Searching for virtue ethics: A survey of social work ethics curriculum and educators

Andrew Alexandra, Manohar Pawar, Rishard Hugman, William Anscombe

The British Journal of Social Work | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


This article discusses whether, and to what extent, virtue ethics is covered in the social work ethics curriculum and views of social work ethics educators in Australia. Drawing on a survey of social work ethics curriculum and education, it presents the nature and scope of social work ethics subjects in terms of learning outcomes; overall curriculum content; textbooks used; teaching approaches, challenges and strategies for teaching; and social work ethics educators’ views about teaching virtue ethics. It argues that attention to virtues is largely absent in terms of consciously developing certain qualities and character. The findings, conclusions and implications of the study will be useful..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Project funding scheme (DP140103730; project title, Virtuous Practitioners: Empowering Social Workers).