Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics

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  • Objectives
    Students who have completed this program will: * understand and analyse complex ethical issues; * detect ambiguity, vagueness, inconsistency, and other weaknesses in the expressions of ideas; * distinguish different types of question, claim or argument, and respond to them appropriately; * distinguish what is relevant to a given issue from what is not; * see ways in which an argument or explanation could be improved.
  • Academic title
    Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
  • Course description
        *      two compulsory subjects
        *      one of the following options:

    OPTION 1:
        *      A thesis (37.5 points)
        *      3 elective subjects


    OPTION 2:

        *      A thesis (50 points) and
        *      2 elective subjects

    Total 100 points. Subjects are 12.5 points each unless otherwise stated.

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    161-507  Ethical Theory and Practice
    This subject involves the philosophical study of issues in professional and applied ethics. It introduces students to a range of concepts and theories relevant to that study, including the nature of moral reasoning and philosophical argumentation. Dr...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-521  Issues in Professional & Applied Ethics
    This course will examine some of the central debates in applied ethics, focussing on ethics and the law. Topics discussed may include ethical issues associated with intellectual property, self-regulation and meta-regulation, social responsibilty of t...     Semester 2     12.50

    Thesis subject (one of):

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    161-590  Professional Ethics Thesis
    Students enrolled in this subject will be required to produce an original piece of work of approximately 12 000 words length on a topic in professional ethics. Topics may include conceptual investigations into the foundations of professional ethics, ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    161-527  Longer Applied Ethics Thesis
    The thesis provides students with the opportunity to research, design and write an original thesis on a topic in applied ethics. Students will also acquire research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosop...     Semester 1, Semester 2     50

    Elective subjects available at the University of Melbourne:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    161-513  Reality and Value
    The course asks the questions 'What is the fundamental nature of reality?’, ‘What is the nature of value?’, and ‘What is the relationship between these two things?’. It will proceed by ...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-515  Global Justice
    This subject begins with an analysis of recent attempts to justify the claim that duties of justice apply to the world as a whole. This cosmopolitan point of view is contrasted with nationalist positions which seek to limit duties of distributive jus...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-518  The Ethics of Sex
    The subject explores the nature and moral significance of sex and the central issues in sexual morality. In the first part we look into the main conceptions of human sexuality: the traditional view of sex as meant for procreation, the “ro...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-545  Understanding Development
    This subject forms an introduction to the main past and current theories of development, involving the approaches of several social science disciplines. It also considers many of the major issues in development, including the environment, gender, hum...     Semester 1     12.50

    161-508  Applied Ethics: Directed Research
    An individually negotiated research project in which students investigate a topic in applied ethics. Internship option: With the permission of the subject coordinator, students may undertake this subject as an internship. In this option students will...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    161-519  Ethics of Environmental Responsibility
    In this subject we will draw on and examine philosophical theories of responsibility as a means to understand specific environmental controversies. The particular controversies examined may vary from year-to-year in the light of class interests, but ...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-514  Violence, War and Terrorism
    Today, war is still a salient feature of international relations, while terrorism takes on ever more international character and scope. The subject will explore the philosophical—conceptual and moral—issues to do with violence...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-505  Bioethics: The Fundamental Debates
    This subject introduces students to the classic debates in bioethics about reproduction, life and death. Specific topics may include: active and passive euthanasia, abortion, organ transplantation, reproductive and genetic technologies (e.g. cloning,...     Semester 2     12.50

    505-507  Current Issues in Health Ethics
    The subject will involve the identification and exploration of theoretical and philosophical frameworks of participants in debates, resolutions/outcomes, and investigation of alternative positions. Possible topics include allocation of resources, acc...     Semester 2     12.50

    161-510  Current Issues in Professional Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     

    Elective subjects available from Australian National University (ANU)*:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    922-501  ANU-PAAE8008:Criminal Justice Ethics
    The institutions and practices of criminal justice are replete with ethical issues: law enforcement, judicial and correctional institutions require justification, and those who work within them must craft a professional ethic for the responsible fulf...     Semester 2     12.50

    922-502  ANU-PAEE8009:Research Ethics
    This course will examine a range of issues in research ethics. It will consider ethical issues relating to the conduct of researchers from research on biomedical issues, through experimentation on animals, to experimentation on human subjects and the...     Semester 2     12.50

    922-503  ANU-PAAE8001:Political Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009
    922-504  ANU-PAAE8002:Global Justice
    Is the scope of duties of justice limited to the nation-state, as has often traditionally been thought? Or are there cosmopolitan duties of justice duties that apply globally? What might the content of any such duties be? And what implications might ...     Semester 1     12.50

    922-505  ANU-PAAE8003:Mental Health Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     

    922-506  ANU-POGO8076:Corruption & Anticorruption
    Contrary to what is sometimes said and thought, corruption is, at its core, a species of moral wrongdoing or of unethical behaviour. While many examples of corrupt activity are also examples of illegal activity, it is not always the case that corrupt...     Semester 2     12.50

    922-507  ANU-PAAE8005:Ethics and IT
    The new computer and information technologies raise numerous ethical issues. The ethical issues themselves are not new, and in many cases have been discussed in a formal and rigorous way at least since the time of the ancient Greeks. But new technolo...     Semester 1     12.50

    XNTS00023  ANU-PAAE8006:Business Ethics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    922-509  ANU-PAAE8007:Bioethics
    This subject will focus on providing a comprehensive understanding of current key debates within bioethics including: the normative effects of medical technology, in relation to reproductive options and decision making, genetic testing, screening, en...     Semester 1     12.50

    *Students wishing to take subjects offered by ANU are required to enrol on a Complementary Course basis. Please contact the Faculty of Arts for more information.

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