MA in Ethics: Theory and Practice

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In association wih the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL), UCD School of Philosophy is offering an MA that provides philosophical training in Ethics, as well as enabling students to experience a context for professional ethics through inter-disciplinary elements of the programme.  As graduates of this module you will be well-placed to understand and help deal with ethical issues in areas such as government, healthcare, business, agriculture, planning, education, law and journalism. But you will also have had the opportunity to develop a theoretical understanding of the nature of Ethics and its place in human life more generally.

The programme is available over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. There are two core modules: Moral Theory and Applied Ethics.  In addition you must select three modules from a list of Philosophy modules and one module from a list of modules provided by other disciplines. Below are indicative list of modules and there may be some minor changes:

Philosophy modules:

  • PHIL41000 Aristotle's Ethics and Politics (Tim Crowley)
  • PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions (Rowland Stout)
  • PHIL40840 Autonomy as a philosophical problem (Brian O'Connor)
  • PHIL40420 The Good Society (Maeve Cooke)
  • PHIL41420 Philosophy of Hedonism & Death (Tatjana von Solodkoff)
  • PHIL41280 Feminist & Gender Theory (Katherine O'Donnell)
  • PHIL41370 Philosophy of Criminal Law (Christopher Cowley)

Modules from other disciplines:

  • IS30370 Information Ethics
  • Law30700 The Lawyer, Professional Ethics & Legal Practice
  • SOC30420 Deception: The Social, Moral & Economic Foundations of Lying
  • POL30370 Justice in Education
  • SOC30040 Governance in Society  
  • SPOL40190 Justice and Human Rights 
  • LAW40610 Crime and Society 
  • EQUL40200 Disability and Equality 
  • BMGT30155 Business Ethics 

In addition, all students must complete a 12-15,000-word dissertation by August 2018. The admission requirements are the same as those for the MA Philosophy (general programme).

For further information, please contact the programme co-ordinator Professor Rowland Stout.

All administrative enquiries should be sent to the School Manager:

UCD School of Philosophy
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8186

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