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Éthique publique (baccalauréat ès arts spécialisé) pour les diplômés des Sciences humaines (tous les profils) du Cégep de l'Outaouais

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Program description

Ethics is the branch of study that deals with human behaviour and values in the context of the society in which we live. Ethics seeks to answer two questions: how to live one’s life well and how to do the right thing.

Offered by the Faculty of Philosophy, the Public Ethics undergraduate program provides a basic understanding of the major ethical issues within contemporary society, and of ethical problems in such areas as religion, politics, health, business, communications, justice, environment, public affairs, etc. Applying key ethical theories, students analyze these issues, identify their inherent values and conflicts, and suggest possible solutions to these ethical dilemmas.

In addition to the foundational courses,* the program offers courses on the theories developed by leading thinkers in the fields of ethics and moral and political philosophy. Students are given an opportunity to deepen their understanding of specific subjects by applying their theoretical knowledge to concrete ethical challenges.

Depending on their interests and requirements, students enrolled in the Public Ethics program can add a complementary minor in Social Communication, Human Relations and Spirituality, Conflict Studies, Group Intervention and Leadership, Ethics (Theology) or Theology.

*The foundational courses are a compulsory part of every bachelor’s degree program offered at Saint Paul University.

What you’ll learn

During your studies you will explore the major fields and themes of philosophy and their related issues, in order to define, explain and clarify an ethical problem.

You will also learn to communicate your knowledge effectively (in writing and orally), and to take a position on an ethical dilemma and suggest possible solutions.

Why choose Saint Paul University?

  • For its small class sizes and close student-teacher ratio
  • For its safe, secure and friendly campus with personalized services
  • For its bilingual setting in the heart of the national capital
  • For its diverse student population and international vision
  • For its solid reputation, experience, history and Catholic tradition

Career opportunities

  • Aboriginal affairs officer
  • Analyst
  • Columnist
  • Development officer
  • Editor
  • Essayist
  • Ethics advisor in the private and public sector
  • Journalist who specializes in this area
  • Liaison officer for immigrant settlement
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy officer
  • Press secretary
  • Public programs officer
  • Researcher

Click here to find out more about Admission Scholarships at Saint Paul University.

Other programs that may interest you

The list of required courses is presented under the Program Requirements tab.

A student enrolled in this Honours Bachelor’s with Specialization Program can add a complementary minor.

Modalités d’admission au programme

Les candidates et candidats admissibles du Cégep de l’Outaouais désirant se prévaloir de la présente entente doivent suivre la procédure suivante :

  • le formulaire d’admission de l’Université Saint-Paul ou du Centre de demande d’admission aux universités de l’Ontario (OUAC) doit être utilisé pour formuler sa demande;
  • la demande d’admission doit être déposée au plus tard le 30 avril et doit être accompagnée d’un relevé de notes attestant l’obtention du diplôme du programme d’études complété du Cégep de l’Outaouais;
  • si le relevé de notes est incomplet, l’admission sera conditionnelle à la présentation d’un relevé de notes final attestant l’obtention du diplôme du programme d’études complété du Cégep de l’Outaouais;
  • les frais administratifs reliés à la demande d’admission s’appliquent.

L’Université Saint-Paul se réserve le droit de refuser cette entente à une candidate ou un candidat ayant obtenu son diplôme collégial du programme d’études du Cégep de l’Outaouais plus de trois ans avant sa demande d’admission. 

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Pour accepter l’offre d’admission et l’offre de bourse, le cas échéant, vous devez signer le formulaire d’acceptation qui accompagne votre offre d’admission et le faire parvenir, avant la date butoir, à l’Université Saint-Paul par courriel à l’adresse suivante admission@ustpaul.ca ou par la poste à : 

Université Saint-Paul
Bureau de l’admission et des services aux étudiants
223, rue Main
Ottawa (Ontario)
K1S 1C4
CANADA

 

FAITES VOTRE CHOIX DE COURS

Avec votre offre d’admission, vous recevrez également tous les renseignements nécessaires pour faire votre choix de cours. Vous recevrez également les coordonnées de nos conseillères aux études que vous pourrez rencontrer, de façon individuelle ou lors de sessions d’information, pour vous conseiller et vous aider à compléter votre choix de cours.

Cheminement des diplômés des Sciences humaines (tous les profils) du Cégep de l'Outaouais (90 crédits)

Formation fondamentale (3 crédits)

Cours optionnels (3 crédits parmi)

  • MIS2503 Religions du monde
  • THO1706 Exploration du phénomène sacré
  • THO1707 Comprendre la Bible

Formation disciplinaire (51 crédits)

Cours obligatoires (24 crédits)

  • PHI2511 Histoire de l’éthique
  • PHI2542 Pensée éthique et politique de John Stuart Mill
  • PHI2543 Pensée éthique et politique de Kant
  • PHI2544 Pensée éthique et politique d'Aristote
  • PHI2582 L’existence humaine
  • PHI3707 Éthique et multiculturalisme
  • PHI4521 Éthique appliquée
  • PHI4581 Séminaire en éthique

Cours optionnels (27 crédits)

12 crédits parmi :

  • ISC2706 Médias et éthique
  • PHI1505 Introduction à la pensée philosophique
  • PHI1506 Philosophie et sens de la vie
  • PHI2521 Étude de textes en bioéthique
  • PHI2541 Fondements de la démocratie et de la gouvernance
  • PHI2545 Courants contemporains en pensée éthique
  • PHI2554 Philosophie morale
  • PHI2583 Philosophie politique (UO)
  • PHI2585 Éthique et éducation
  • PHI2711 Thèmes choisis en philosophie politique I
  • PHI2798 L'éthique environnementale (UO)

15 crédits parmi :

  • PHI3532 Problématiques politiques contemporaines
  • PHI3533 Éthiques féministes
  • PHI3708 Éthique et politique
  • PHI3709 Éthique et religion
  • PHI4512 Justice sociale
  • PHI4555 Thèmes choisis en philosophie II

Cours au choix (36 crédits)

  • L’étudiant complète avec son choix de 36 crédits ou une mineure et 6 crédits.
  • 12 crédits doivent être de niveau 3000 ou 4000

ECS 3126 - Discrimination and Conflict

Theories of discrimination: direct, indirect and systemic discrimination. Pluralism and multiculturalism. Anti-discrimination law: areas of application. Theories of reasonable accommodation and undue hardship. International agreements and equality laws.

HTP 1101 - Trends in Western Thought

This course addresses multiple aspects of the evolution of western thought, from Antiquity to current times, and the impact of major events and thinkers, and the influence of other civilizations on the contemporary understanding of human nature, culture and society.

HTP 1102 - Approaches in the Humanities: Interpreting the Human Experience

Introduction to theoretical approaches in the Humanities and to the methods that are applied to interpret the multiple expressions of human experience, particularly those expressed in important works of art and literature.

HTP 1103 - People, Social Justice and Ecology

Social and ecological challenges facing humanity today, and related issues of social justice. These questions will be examined from a perspective of community building and efforts towards ecological and social transformations for a hopeful future.

HTP 1104 - Faith, Justice and the Common Good

This course investigates faith, justice and the common good from religious, philosophical and human science perspectives. The course draws on classic and contemporary resources, in particular those from the Christian intellectual traditions.

IPA 2122 - Research Methods and Ethics in Human Sciences (qualitative approach)

Introduction to the philosophy of science and epistemology. Research ethics. The creation of a research plan: questions, hypotheses, variables, and data analysis methods. Documentaries and qualitative methods: bibliographic research, historical research, interviews, case studies, and observation. Specific problems in the study of ethnic and religious conflicts and human relationships and spirituality.

Prerequisites: 30 university credits (except for students in Certificate in Human Relations and Spirituality) and IPA1121.
Prerequisite or concomitant: IPA1122.

ISC 2306 - Media and Ethics

Constitutive elements of ethical behavior. Basic ethical criteria in media communication. Rights in communication situations. Deontology codes in use in several institutions. Case analysis in media praxis: persuasion communication and fiction.

ISC 2309 - English Composition

This course is dedicated to the improvement of writing skills in order to become an effective communicator in several contexts.

ISC 2314 - Public Speaking

Learning the techniques of efficient public speaking. Introduction and training to personal impression making in electronic media. Development of a professional attitude and self-confidence.

PHI 1105 - Introduction to Critical Thinking

Explores the various sides of Critical Thinking: the nature of arguments, common errors in reasoning as well as evaluating evidence and information. Enables students to acquire and develop research and writing skills.

PHI 1106 - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

This course discusses the role of philosophy in understanding the meaning of life.

PHI 2111 - History of Western Ethics

When offered, this course would take one of the following three forms: I. Ancient and Medieval Ethics: Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman Ethics. Selection from Plato’s Dialogues, and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. Selection from the Epicureans, Stoics, Neoplatonists, and Aquinas. II. Early Modern Ethics: Renaissance Humanists, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, and Hume. III. Post-Kantian Ethics. Selections from Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, J.S. Mill, T.H. Green. Selections from Moore, the positivists and post-modernists. Western ethics may be compared and contrasted to selected non-Western traditions.

PHI 2121 - Ethics and New Biotechnologies

Impact of robotics and new technologies on the patient-healthcare practitioner relationship, medical interventions, the manner in which we perceive our own bodies, and transhumanism.

PHI 2141 - Fundamentals of Democracy and Governance

Study of the fundamentals of democracy and governance, and of its principal thinkers and critics, starting from Plato. Distinction between ancient and modern forms of democracy. Overview of the principles of political liberalism underpinning contemporary democracies. Comparison between democracy and other forms of government. Study of different models of governance and of the implications of a managerial conception of politics.

PHI 2142 - Utilitarian Ethics

General history of utilitarianism, with readings from main thinkers in the tradition from its beginnings up to the present day (Bentham, Mill, Sidgwick, Singer, Lazari-Radek). Study of applied dimensions of this approach, as well as of its limitations.

PHI 2143 - Deontological Ethics

General history of deontology, with readings from main thinkers in this tradition from its beginnings up to the present day (Kant, Ross, O’Neill). Study of applied dimensions of this approach, as well as of its limitations.

PHI 2144 - Virtue Ethics

General history of virtue ethics, with readings from main thinkers in this tradition from its beginnings to the present day (Aristotle, MacIntyre, Nussbaum, non-western perspectives). Study of applied dimensions of this approach, as well as of its limitations.

PHI 2145 - Contemporary Trends in Ethical Thought

Study of the main contemporary trends in ethics, including ethics of discussion (Habermas), ethics of responsibility (Jonas), ethics of care, ethics of hospitality, and ethics of virtue.

PHI 2146 - Social Justice

Explores, from the perspective of social justice theories, issues such as social inequalities, poverty, refugees, war, and environmental degradation. Examines criticisms of this perspective.

PHI 2154 - Moral Philosophy

Survey of the major ethical systems in the Western world. Relationship between philosophical and religious thinking in ethical matters. Fundamental questions facing contemporary moral consciousness.

PHI 2154 and PHI 2174 are mutually exclusive. PHI 2154 was previously under course code PHI 3183.

PHI 2181 - Human Knowledge

Study of the traditional, universalist, approach to knowledge as well as contemporary standpoint approaches, such as feminist and postmodernist.

PHI 2182 - Philosophical Anthropology

Study of different philosophical conceptions of the human being.

PHI 2183 - Political Philosophy (UO)

Study of the major traditions in social and political philosophy. The roots of modern theories. Readings from writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant.

PHI 2185 - Ethics and Education

Examination of the philosophical and psychological research on the formation of ethical judgments. Relationships between judgment, feeling, and moral action. Examination of how various learning theories can be incorporated into teaching ethics to children, how ethics may be taught to children both inside and outside a religious context. Education as a pillar of democratic citizenship.

PHI 2311 - Selected Topics in Political Philosophy I

Study of a particular theme in political philosophy or of a particular author in political thought.

PHI 2398 - Environmental Ethics (UO)

Study of ethical questions concerning the preservation of species and natural objects, animal rights, and our obligations towards future generations. Study of theoretical frameworks such as deep ecology (Naess) and of environmental ethics (Carlson).

PHI 3132 - Contemporary Political Issues

Analysis of important political issues in contemporary world such as crisis of institutional trust, political corruption, immigration, electoral reform, etc.

PHI 3133 - Feminist Ethics

Examination of the development of critical theories and new ethical models in different feminist currents. How these ethics take into consideration the marginalized voices of oppressed groups.

PHI 3307 - Ethics, Multiculturalism and Immigration

This course examines the relation of ethics, multiculturalism, and immigration, studies the questions regarding the possibility of a multicultural ethics, and addresses the issues and debates arising from cultural relativism and identity politics in the functioning of modern societies.

PHI 3308 - Ethics and Public Service

Ethical issues relating to the public sector. Definitions of the common good and of public service. Study of the role of public policy in the functioning of various states and governments, and the implications of their coherence or conflict in the social, political and economic realms.

PHI 3309 - Ethics and Religion

This course examines the philosophical foundations of various ethical and religious traditions and addresses the possibility of their convergence in modern liberal societies.

PHI 4121 - Applied Ethics in Organizational Contexts

Analysis of ethical issues emerging in organizational contexts. Case studies to demonstrate how ethical decisions are made on the ground.

PHI 4155 - Selected Topics in Ethics and Politics

Study of a particular topic, thinker or tradition. Critical analysis of the link between ethics and politics.

PHI 4181 - Research Project

Writing of a major research project. Application of what the student has learned over the course of the B.A. to a topic of his or her own interest.

THO 1306 - Exploring the Sacred

The human effort to express the experience of the sacred and to name our sense of the “Beyond”. The different forms such expressions have taken: cosmic wonder and its symbols, foundations stories, ritual life. The meaning of this effort for understanding the quest of the human spirit and its attempts to build order in society and community.

THO 1307 - What is the Bible?

The Bible: book or library, history or story? History of the Jewish people and of the culture in which the Bible was written. The Bible and its content. Interpreting the text. The Jesus event. The influence of the Bible on history and on contemporary culture.

THO 2410 - World Religions

Introduction to the world religions with an emphasis on Christian faith in interaction with other living faiths.

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