Ethical understanding across the curriculum

Ethical issues arise across all areas of the curriculum, with each learning area containing a range of content that demands consideration from an ethical perspective. This includes analysing and evaluating the ethics of the actions and motivations of individuals and groups, understanding the ethical dimensions of research and information, debating ethical dilemmas and applying ethics in a range of situations.

Ethical understanding is addressed through the learning areas and is identified wherever it is developed or applied in content descriptions. It is also identified where it offers opportunities to add depth and richness to student learning in content elaborations. An icon indicates where Ethical understanding has been identified in learning area content descriptions and elaborations. A filter function on the Western Australian Curriculum website assists users to find where Ethical understanding has been identified in P–10 curriculum content. Teachers may find further opportunities to incorporate explicit teaching of Ethical understanding depending on their choice of activities. Students can also be encouraged to develop capability through personally relevant initiatives of their own design.