Curricular Unit:Code:
Ethics and Professional Deontology1080EDPR
3UndergraduateNutrition Sciences3 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English39
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
(i) To understand the ethical and cultural context;
(ii) To know how to apply the acquired knowledge in the field of ethics and deontology by demonstrating a professional approach based on ethics, to the work in the field of physiotherapy;
(iii) To know how to gather, select and interpret the relevant information, especially in their scientific area, in order to be able to give an ethical justification of decisions and of judgments in professional field;
(iv) Recognize, understand and discuss the principles of professional deonthology of the Nutrition Sciences specialist;
(v) To know how to solve ethical and deontological dilemmas in the field of Nutrition Sciences and to know how to build and ground personal ethical and deontological arguments.
1st Unit – Fundamental concepts: 1. General definitions of ethics, deontology and morals. 1.1. General definitions of “deontology”; 1.2. The “golden rule of ethics. 1.3. Communication and humanization. 2. The four prima facie principles; 2.1. Beneficence; 2.2. Non-maleficence; 2.3. Autonomy; 2.4. Justice.
2nd Unit (Professional Deontology) - Deontological Principles in Nutrition Sciences: 2.1. The Order of Nutritionists in Portugal and Deontological Code. 2.2. International structures. 2.3. Practical cases in Nutrition Sciences, namely in the areas of Clinical Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Collective Restoration.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
1st unit - Syllabus contents focus on specific theoretical issues in the area of ethics and bioethics, thus enabling the fulfillment of the course objectives, skills and human capacity to have an ethical reasoning and practice.
2nd unit - Syllabus 2.1., 2.2. e 2.3. aim to achieve the objectives outlined for this curricular unit and identified from (i) to (v).
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Teaching methodology will include theoretical lecturing, research, and reading of specific references, as well as thematic debating and critical reflection. Assessment will be periodical and based on two written tests (the first one, theoretical, about the first unit; the second one will consist in the resolution of at least one dilemma). Final grade: 50%+50% (each 50% for unit 1 and 2).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
1st unit – Theoretical overview of the concept of ethics, deontology and morals as well as of the relation and difference between them. Theoretical overview of need for empathy with the suffering and the others. Theoretical overview of the four prima facie principles. Theoretical exercise of consolidation of knowledge from Unit 1. 2nd unit - To achieve the learning objectives in an integrated way, the theoretical exposition of the Deontological Code is combined with individual and group exercises (which includes debate, research and reflection), aiming to solving dilemmas.
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Rates& Lins(2021)Fil.da educação e desenv. da pes. humana por meio da const. de conceitos éticos.Rev.Programa de Ed.13(30) 409-425Zanon, A. (2020). O princípio da alteridade de Lévinas como fundamento para a responsabilidade ética. Perseitas, 8. pp. 75-103.
Ordem dos Nutricionistas (s/d).
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Lecturer (* Responsible):
Rita Guerra (
Susana Teixeira (