The Duty of Care

Recent work in ethics, especially in professions with clients such as education and medicine, has introduced the concept of the 'duty of care'. This is at once a legal term and also an approach to ethics based in feminist theory. In this module we look at the origins of the duty of care and consider how it applies to the ethics of analytics.


Module 6 - Introduction, Nov 22, 2021

Introduction to the Duty of Care, Nov 22, 2021

Care as a Legal Concept, Nov 23, 2021

The Ethical Concept of Care Part One, Nov 27, 2021

The Ethical Concept of Care Part Two, Nov 27, 2021

Care and Relationships, Nov 27, 2021

Caring as a Virtue, Nov 27, 2021

Caring Democracies, Nov 28, 2021

Caring and Pedagogy, Nov 28, 2021

Module 6 - Discussion, Nov 28, 2021

Moral Sentiment, Nov 30, 2021

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2021/11/22 12:00 Module 6 - Introduction

2021/11/26 12:00 Module 6 - Discussion

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Ethics of care
Wikipedia, 2021/11/22

Some assumptions of the ethics of care theory are basic:

  1. Persons are understood to have varying degrees of dependence and interdependence on one another.
  2. Other individuals affected by the consequences of one's choices deserve consideration in proportion to their vulnerability.
  3. Situational details determine how to safeguard and promote the interests of those involved.
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Seeking the elusive ethical base of teacher professionalism in Canadian codes of ethics
Bruce Maxwella, Marina Schwimmer, Teaching and Teacher Education, 2021/11/23

"Two studies were conducted to explore codes of ethics as a source of insight into the ethical base of teacher professionalism. The results point to specific limitations in using codes of ethics as a pedagogical resource in ethics education for future teachers."

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Caring in Education
Nel Noddings, 2021/11/24

"In this article Nel Noddings explores the nature of caring relations and encounters
in education and some of the difficulties educators have with them. She also looks
at caring relations as the foundation for pedagogical activity."

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On Caring

This is a link to Milton Mayeroff's short (38 page) book on the ethics of caring, written in 1971. There's a lot of really good content in this book, which would be worth reading even independently of this course. It describes caring as taking on a voluntary obligation out of a feeling of devotion, based on a relationship that has a quality of 'being with' another person, seeing from their eyes rather than merely one's own, and as being a type of personal development, not merely subservience or service.

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Module 6 - Discussion

Discussion of the concept of the Duty of Care as it applies to contemporary discussions of analytics and AI in learning. Part of the course Ethics, Analytics and the Duty of Care

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