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Winter School in Public Ethics: Ethics, Privacy and Information

In January 2023, the School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service invites you to study how algorithms, Big Data and artificial intelligence are transforming the way we work. This three-week intensive graduate course is specifically designed for people working in the public, parapublic and community sectors.

As part of this course, participants will:

  • Learn how emerging technologies are transforming the public sector;
  • Identify the challenges that these emerging technologies present;
  • Develop innovative and ethical strategies to respond to these challenges;
  • Discover the opportunities that the new technologies offer.


Students can register for university credits or without university credits. A certificate of participation will be given to all participants.

Maximum: 25 participants

Deadline for registering: January 12th

Students currently enrolled in an SPU program: Registration is now open in UOCampus – course code EPE6306. Please consult your academic advisor for more information.

All other applicants: Please click the link below to access the registration form. Please submit your completed form to registraire@ustpaul.ca.

Who can register

  • People working in the public, parapublic or community sector who have a B.A. in any discipline.
  • People working in the public, parapublic or community sector who do not have a B.A. Credential recognition is possible (the registration must be confirmed by Prof. Paquette).
  • Students registered in any graduate programs at Saint Paul University or University of Ottawa who are working in the public, parapublic or community sectors or who are looking forward to work in these sectors.


This master’s-level seminar is intended for people working in the public, parapublic and community sectors (municipal, provincial, federal) who have a B.A. It is designed to create a space for dialogue, discussion and innovation regarding new technologies in the workplace. Borrowing from organizational ethics, public policy analysis and theories related to algorithmic mediation, this seminar uses case studies to identify the challenges related to new technologies and seeks to equip participants so they can tackle these challenges in their own workplace.

Guest speakers will join us to share their expertise in this field. For the complete list of guest speakers, please click here.

Students will conduct a case study during the course. If applicable, they are invited to choose a case related to their work. Experts can also guide them in their thinking on the issues raised.

About the professor

Julie Paquette is a professor in the School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service at Saint Paul University. Since 2015, she has been teaching the master’s course Ethics, Privacy and Information, and since 2019 she has coordinated the Winter School of Ethics on algorithms and Big Data in the public sector.


The Winter 2023 School will run from January 15th to February 3rd. It is the equivalent of a master’s seminar: 36 class hours (plus assignments and readings to be done at home). The course will be offered entirely online.

Online modules will be provided weekly. They will be completed by two synchronous gathering each week.

Synchronous classes (via Zoom) will be held on Wednesdays (January 18th, 25th and February 1st - 5:30 to 8:30 pm) and on Fridays (January 20th, 27th and February 3rd - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). They will also be an opportunity to welcome guests who will come and share their expertise in this field.

Students registered with credits will have until February 27th to submit their final paper.

Fees include:

  • customized training with guest speakers;
  • learning materials;
  • certificate of participation and accreditation (official transcript);
  • administration of each student’s file.

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