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Public Ethics

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The Faculty of Philosophy at Saint Paul University, in collaboration with the Faculties of Theology and of Human Sciences, offers the Master of Arts in Public Ethics (MA Pub.Ethics). This degree is conferred jointly by the Senates of Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa under the terms of the federation agreement between them.

 The program is based upon course and seminar work, reflection on practical experience, and research in public ethics. The program is designed for students wishing to specialize in public ethics at the graduate level or to prepare themselves for doctoral work; for mid-career professionals wishing to reflect and build on their professional experience and previous studies and who may wish to advance their carriers, make career changes, or prepare for doctoral studies.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to prepare graduates who are public ethics analysts and consultants with competencies in the following:

  • To discern the values and ethical concerns involved in particular policy statements or social and political practices and to propose appropriate strategies for taking these values and ethical concerns into consideration in the further formulation of policy statements and establishment of such practices at regional, national and international levels;
  • To study more deeply the major ethical questions raised by society;
  • To discern the values and the ethical concerns arising from, or involved in, a society defined more and more in terms of information creation and transfer and to propose appropriate strategies for taking these values and ethical concerns into consideration in the further evolution of an information-oriented communication society.

The program operates within the general framework of the ''General Regulations'' of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (FGPS) of the University of Ottawa, which are posted on the FGPS website.