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Ethical Capability


Curriculum area resources support teachers to implement the curriculum. Resources are organised by 'Planning resources', 'Teaching resources' and 'Assessment resources'.

Overview of Ethical Capability

The Victorian Curriculum Ethical Capability is organised into two strands: Understanding Concepts and Decision Making and Actions.

It explores what it means for both an individual and society to live well. Students examine what we ought to do, how we ought to live, what kind of society we should have and what kind of person one should be.

A key aspect of the Ethical Capability curriculum is identifying and responding to ethical issues. It focuses on the conceptual and analytical skills necessary for informed deliberation on ethical issues. This curriculum enables students to identify the assumptions and implications of different ethical positions, recognising the areas of contestability within those positions.

The development of Ethical Capability is enhanced by engaging with philosophical ideas, the premises of different religions, secular world views and cultural norms.

The Ethical Capability curriculum  can be viewed on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.

To learn about key components of the Ethical Capability curriculum, view the presentation Introducing Ethical Capability

See also frequently asked questions about Ethical Capability.

For F–10 curriculum area advice to support remote learning, see Curriculum advice for remote and flexible learning for this curriculum area.


Monica Bini
Curriculum Manager - Ethical Capability
tel: + 61 3 9059 5142

Professional associations

Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools