Početna Undergraduate StudiesSocial Policy and Social WorkFourth year of studies – Social PolicyEthics of Social Work

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Ethics of Social Work

  • Study programme/study programmes: Social Policy and Social Work – module Social Policy
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Ethics of Social Work
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Prof. Milan Ž. Petričković
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 6
  • Teaching methods: Lectures; exercise; animatedly led discussions per thematic wholes; seminar papers, consulting
  • Number of classes: 3+1

Aim and outcome of the course

By studying this discipline, students potentially acquire necessary theoretical-methodological knowledge from the field of philosophy of moral action, as a specific expression of the nature of relations which professional social workers directly deal with in practice.

The learning outcome gets its full meaning in relation to specific structure of people (predominantly members of marginal classes) whose multidimensional problems – which nature is, btw, always moralistic – social workers deal with; in this, ethical (and thus gnoseological, ontological, axiological and methodological) scientifically founded knowledge of this kind will be an unavoidable tool of successful professional approach, i.e. methodic offering of assistance, support and stimulus within operational social work with individuals, groups and community.

Content of the course
Theoretical teaching

Subject matter of ethics of social work; scientific sources of ethics of social work; terminological and conceptual definition of morality; structure of morality, Historical-civilization, philosophic, anthropological, social and ethno-psychological dimensions of morality in the sphere of activity of social work, Important historical review of theory of morality, Human improvement in virtues – the essence of moralistic transformation and activity of social work, Morality of individual, group and community – causality by customary, religious and cultural specificities, Interdependence of human will, character and luck and social work; principle of eudemonism, hedonism and utilitarianism in the ethics of social work, Interdependence of natural law, egoism, altruism of human freedom, humanity and social work, Most important ethical dilemmas and controversies of social work, Deontology of social work: ethics prima faciae of duty, code of professional ethics, Social work, human diversity, conformism, breaches of moral norms and implementation of moral sanctions, Causes, etiology and consequences of social-moral excommunication  stigmatization of beneficiaries of social work, Social work as a process of moral reconsideration and re(education): sin as expression of “moral blindness”, repentance and forgiveness, Crisis of moral values and social work.

a)       Basic total: 450 pages

-          Petričković Milan, Etika socijalnog rada, pp. 300

-          Petričković Milan: Teorija socijalnog rada (epistomološki koreni nauke socijalnog rada) – textbook, Socijalna misao, Belgrade, 2006, pp. 40

-          Script, the content of which comprises published and reviewed papers from the field of ethics of social work, author Milan Petričković, pp. 110

b) additional

-          Aristotel, Nikomahova etika, preface written by Miloš Djurić, Sremski Karlovci-Novi Sad, 2003; Jodl Fridrih, Istorija

etike, publ. Veselin Masleša, Sarajevo, 1963; Kangrga Milan, Etika (osnovni problemi i pravci), Golden marketing –

Tehnička knjiga Zagreb, 2004; Uvod u etiku, edited by Piter Singer, Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad, 2004; Huseinov A.
Irlic G. Istorija etike, Književna zajednica Novog Sada, 1992

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 40
  • Seminar(s) 10

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40