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An Ethic of Risk Workshop Unit 17


SKU: MasterUnit17 Category:

Module 17 – A Social Psychology of Risk Masterclass

Cost: $1350.00


Dr Rob Long

Craig Ashhurst

Director – Niche Thinking

Dates: 5 and 6 February 2020

Venue: CLLR Training Centre Canberra

Time: TBA


An Ethic is a moral system. When one declares an ethical position, one is making a statement about how a moral position is systematized. A Code of Ethics is not necessarily an Ethic but its mechanisms hide an ethic (ideology). Most Codes of Ethics are statements of rules and standards not the guiding philosophy (moral ethic) that underpins the code.

One is only likely to understand the difference between ‘values’ with ‘what is valued’ through a study of Ethics.

An Ethic of risk is determined by one’s anthropology in the face of uncertainty. How one makes a decision in tackling risk is based on one’s ethic. One needs to know that even the Act and Regulation are interpreted and there is no neutral interpretation of the Act.

There are eight common approaches to ethics that will be expxlored in the program, these are:

  1. Virtue Ethics
  2. Natural Law Ethics
  3. Social Contract Ethics
  4. Utilitarian Ethics
  5. Deontological Ethics
  6. Care Ethics
  7. Situational Ethics
  8. Emdodied/Intersubjectivity Ethics

Every ethic holds an assumption about the nature of personhood and has a hidden anthropology. This is tied to a worldview that is often disguised in value, mission and strategic statements. This Workshop helps participants be more wise about such dynamics and how to traverse the malaise of mess in ethics associated with risk management.

Key Questions

  1. What is an ethic and why does it matter?
  2. What is the difference between morality and ethics
  3. Is there a moral absolute?
  4. By what ethic can one understand fallibility?
  5. What is human personhood? How is an ethic constructed?
  6. What is the common paradigm for tackling risk and what ethic/ideology is hidden in such an approach?
  7. What is professionalisation? Is it ethical?
  8. What are Kitchener’s moral principles?
  9. What are the ethical trade-offs and by-products of STEM-only thinking?
  10. Why and how does embodiment change the ethical landscape?
  11. How does an ethic affect what we do about disabilities, mental health and suicide prevention?
  12. What are the challenges of ‘just culture’ for the risk and safety industry?
  13. Why is fallibility and humanising central to ethical decisionmaking in risk?
  14. Can zero be ethical? or moral?
  15. By what method can we navigate the dehumanising forces at work in the risk and safety industry?
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