FLD201 Ethics and Professional Practice - Assignment 1: Short Questions

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Assessment 1: Open-book, short-answer assessment (25%)

Due Date: Week 5

Total Word Count: 700 words (+ or – 10%) excluding references.

All students from every campus must complete this assessment online using the link provided and submit in Moodle through Turnitin

This assessment is designed to help you develop the foundational knowledge of ethics and professional practice in community services.

Preparation for Assignment 1: for this assignment you are to draw from content covered in weeks 1,2 and 3, including the readings, lecture notes/slides and/or tutorial activities.

There are two (2) Topics, Topic 1 and Topic 2. You are to choose one (1) Topic only and answer the two (2) questions provided for that Topic.


  • This is an OPEN BOOK assessment.
  • While you may be informed by lecture slides and readings, you are to use your own words in your answers. Copied material from slides or readings will not be accepted. Check the marking criteria below and in your Unit
  • For any references/citations, you are to draw only on the required and optional readings listed for your preparation in weeks 1-3
  • Important! Some concepts may appear like those used in other units, e.g., in counselling or psychology. Remember that for this unit you are to draw out the relevance to ethics!
  • Remember to state which Topic you have selected at the start of your
  • The format is short answers to each question, for a total of 700 words (+ or – 10%) for the combined
  • Apply double spacing to your text and 12 size
  • Link opens: 9 am Friday of Week 4
  • Closes: 55 pm Sunday of Week 4
  • Please make sure to submit a WORD file
  • You can only make one (1) attempt at submitting.

Choose from one (1) of the two Topics below.

NOTEDo not repeat the scenario or questions in your responses. Simply state the topic title and question number you are addressing.

TOPIC 1: Ethics Theory and Concepts Question 1: approx. 400-500 words

In the aftermath of tragically serious floods in a regional area, many residents have lost their homes and belongings. The losses have hit everyone across all ages, genders and ethnicities. Cynthia, the manager of a community services Centre, realizes there are too many people in need and her organization cannot possibly help everyone with the resources they have. Such resources include staff/staff time, food, temporary makeshift accommodation, and counselling.

Following consultations she has with her staff, a disaster management organization and a local government agency, Cynthia and her staff in the community services Centre decide it is best to provide full support only to two groups: elderly people and single parents with their children. They argue that these groups are a comparatively smaller minority but quite vulnerable. By taking this approach, all the organization’s resources would be assigned to these two groups.

On the other hand, the disaster management organization and local government agency believe it is better to start helping those who need fewer resources but who can then help themselves get back on their feet sooner. In this way, they reason, the few resources can go a longer way and a greater number of people in need would be helped. If they take this approach, the elderly and single parents with children may need to wait longer and perhaps suffer ongoing hardship until more resources can be secured.

Drawing on theoretical work examined in class and through your readings, you are to:

  • determine what theoretical framework/s and/or concept/s the two groups of staff are guided by, and
  • briefly outline the values they are

Question 2: approx. 200-300 words

What is the key feature of the ‘Virtue ethics’ approach, and what kinds of values does it presupposes? Illustrate your response with short examples.

TOPIC 2: Power; Respect in Community Service Work Question 1: approx. 300-400 words

Briefly outline what is meant by a power differential in community service work, and the factors that contribute to this power differential. You must outline three (3) factors or

‘types’ of power and explain them, showing clearly the ethical tensions and implications for community workers.

Question 2: approx. 300-400 words

Consult the ACWA code of ethics and the ACWA Work Practice Guidelines to consider the following short scenario. You must not copy anything from these documents but cite the principle or guideline number and then explain your response in your own words.

A 16-year-old girl is pregnant and unsure about whether to have the baby or terminate her pregnancy. She turns to a case worker for advice, saying she is terrified at the thought of raising a child at her age and about telling her parents of her pregnancy. The case worker is sympathetic but firm, warning the girl that terminations (abortions) are dangerous to both the body and the soul. The young girl is frightened and tells the case worker she has decided to have the baby.

The case worker’s supervisor, Jane, finds out about what transpired during this consultation between the case worker and her young client. Jane reprimands the case worker and advises her to revise her ethical responsibilities.

  • Why does Jane reprimand the case worker?
  • What values and responsibilities in the 2 above-noted ACWA documents would you – as the supervisor – refer your case worker to? Briefly outline the ones you think are most important.

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