EPE5101 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY (3 units)
Study of the philosophical underpinnings of social life from the theoretical approaches of living together and of the common good, to problems of contemporary societies, such as solidarity and social citizenship rights.
EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES I (3 units)
Study of the classic and canonical works of Aristotelian or virtue ethics, deontology, contractualism, and consequentialism including utilitarianism. Initiation to the basic concepts grounding each theory and assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.
EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3 units)
Examination of the thought on ethics by philosophers and military personnel. Readings from Cicero, Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius before turning to renaissance and modern thinkers. Contemporary ethics of war, the nature of the soldier and the peacekeeper. Theoretical discussions and a detailed look at current policies and thinking at the Department of National Defence.
EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3 units)
Ethical analysis of environmental policies. Nature of the relationship between humans and the environment.
EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3 units)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Problems of values and cultural relativism. Ethical foundation of human rights. Historical perspectives and contemporary debate.
EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3 units)
Ethical components of development and underdevelopment theories. Rights and obligations of wealthy countries towards poor countries. Ethical critique of policies governing international aid.
EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3 units)
Nature and bases of ethics in health care policies. Disputed questions. Various orientations in the ethics of health care policies.
EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3 units)
Analysis of the impact of the development of New Information and Communications Technologies (NTIC) on privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.
EPE6307 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES II (3 units)
Study of the main 20th- and 21st- century versions of the classical ethical theories, and of how these theories are challenged by and attempt to respond to contemporary ethical issues. Prerequisites: EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES I
EPE6308 SECULARISM AND PUBLIC LIFE (3 units)
Study of the relationship between secularism and public life in contemporary liberal democratic societies, focusing especially on institutions, government and the Canadian public sphere.
EPE6309 ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY (3 units)
Study of the concrete and normative aspects of public policy and of their ethical and philosophical implications, both locally and globally. Study of the main public policy issues and challenges in Canada as well as in other countries.
EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS I (3 units)
Acquiring essential skills for developing a research question in public ethics. Methodologies include literature review, case-study approaches and critical analyses of texts. Preparation and approval of research plan.
EPE6311 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS II (3 units)
Critical analyses of policies and philosophical and ethical texts that are relevant to the major research paper or the thesis. Prerequisites: EPE6310
EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3 units)
Study of a specialized area in ethics.
EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3 units)
Étude avancée d’un sujet déjà analysé dans le cadre du programme, exploration d’un thème dans un domaine particulier de l’éthique. / Advanced study of a question already analysed within the framework of the program, exploration of a theme in a particular area of ethics.
EPE6902 RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (3 units)
Practical application of acquired theoretical knowledge in public ethics in a professional setting. A minimum of 130 hours professionally supervised in an environment that includes a public ethics component or involves analyses of public policies. The internship incorporates a cumulative reflexive practice that serves to encourage the critical integration of theory and practice. The internship culminates in the writing of a detailed practicum report. Graded S/NS (satisfactory/not satisfactory) by a professor in the program based on the written report and the evaluation of the internship supervisor. Prerequisites: Completion of 9 credits in the MA program with an average of at least B. Approval of the internship proposal by the program director.
EPE6998 MÉMOIRE / RESEARCH PAPER (3 units)
EPE6999 THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MASTER'S THESIS (12 units)
CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3 units)
Emphasis on the significance of ethical principles and responsibilities of public communicators, as well as sanctions faced when communicators fail to uphold these principles. Critique of self-regulation of the media. Analysis of argumentation. Study of legal precedents with respect to defamation.
ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3 units)
Conceptual and procedural ethical issues concerning norms of justice and reconciliation. Relation of ethical issues to self-other dialectics, dynamics of discourse and power, gender and class, memory and agency.
PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3 units)
This seminar provides an examination of how democratic governments structure their decision-making processes for effectiveness, representation and accountability. A particular focus of this seminar is a critical evaluation of the New Public Management reforms, and an in-depth review of different models of government intervention and policy-making from a comparative perspective.
SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3 units)
Principal sociological theories in interethnic relations, and the use of these theories in the analysis of the social structure of a number of multiethnic societies, especially Canada.
Other graduate courses deemed appropriate to the program and offered within the areas of specialization available through the other faculties of Saint Paul University or the University of Ottawa may, with permission, be included in the program.