Leadership & Ethics

Military Ethics MOOC

By The Cove July 30, 2017


Ever wanted to expand your knowledge of Military Ethics? If so, we strongly recommend you consider signing up for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled 'Military Ethics: An Introduction' offered by the University of New South Wales: Canberra. The course delivered by Future Learn, is free, and requires approximately 3 hours per week for 7 weeks (certificates for course completion are also available). It is hosted by leading military ethicist Deane-Peter Baker.

Why this MOOC? The course outline suggests that military professionals are unusual in having the use of lethal force as a central, defining feature of their role. This fact places a considerable ethical weight on military practitioners as well as the decision-makers who authorize military missions. The ethical challenges that military professionals face do not, however, begin and end with the use of force. As such this course combines an overview of Just War Theory with an introduction to key principles of ethics that can aid military professionals in facing every day ethical challenges. The MOOC explores six topics:

  1. Foundations in ethical theory
  2. Ethics within the military profession
  3. Going to war
  4. The conduct of war
  5. Military and society
  6. Ethics, technology and war

It further covers specific topics such as role morality, illegal orders and whistleblowing, the competing duties of military commanders and the ethical challenges arising from new technologies such as unmanned and autonomous weapons systems, non-lethal weapons, and cyber warfare. Consider enrolling in this MOOC, or registering your interest for when the next one becomes available.    




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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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