Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Military Ethics: an Introduction

UNSW Canberra

This course introduced key aspects of ethical theory, examined the principles guiding the ethical use of military force, considered ethics within the military profession, explored the military's obligation to society, and highlighted advances in military technology that raise new ethical challenges.

7 weeks, 3 hours per week

Dr Deane-Peter Baker

Senior Lecturer

UNSW Canberra


Learning outcomes

  • Apply informed ethical thinking to issues that arise within the military profession.
  • Share your understanding of the ethical constraints on the use of force in armed conflict.
  • Identify key issues relevant to the way new and emerging technological developments are affecting the conduct of war.


  • Foundations in ethical theory: Introduces the dominant approaches to ethics in general and focuses on the nature of ethics.
  • Ethics within the military profession: Focuses on particular ethical challenges that arise within the military profession.
  • Going to war: Weighs up the questions of whether entering into a war is ever ethically appropriate.
  • The conduct of war: Focuses on ethical principles that guide military forces as they engage in military operations.
  • The military and society: Explores the moral basis for the state’s authority to raise and employ military forces, and examines key aspects of the relationship between the military and society.
  • Ethics, technology and war: Outlines select issues that pose particular ethical challenges for those engaged in the conflicts of tomorrow.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Military Ethics: an Introduction

UNSW Canberra