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The Faculty of Philosophy at Saint Paul University 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.        

To be admitted to the master’s program, candidates must:

  • Have obtained an honours bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent, in philosophy, ethics, political science, governance studies, public policy, or in another discipline judged relevant, with a minimum grade point average of 70% (B);
  • Submit two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from a professor;
  • Be proficient in at least one of Canada’s two official languages, and have a good enough reading knowledge of the other official language to be able to read texts in that language.

In exceptional cases, candidates who do not meet the first two criteria as defined above may be admitted to the master’s program, provided they can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Admissions Committee, that they possess adequate knowledge and professional experience (for example, experience as a policy analyst in the public sector). Depending on the case, such candidates may be required to complete qualifying courses in pertinent disciplines prior to admission.

Qualifying Program

  1. Candidates may enroll in a qualifying program on the recommendation of the Admission Committee (it is not possible to apply directly to a qualifying program).
  2. The number of credits taken in a qualifying program may not exceed 36.
  3. The qualifying program must be completed within three consecutive sessions or less.
  4. The student must obtain a minimum grade of C+ in each course, and have an overall B average.
  5. Students wishing to complete their qualifying courses at another university are advised to have their course of studies approved in advance by the program coordinator.

Some additional documents, and in some cases specific forms, are required. For more information, please see the page Step 4: Gather the documents needed for the assessment of your application.

The Master of Arts in Public Ethics program consists of coursework and either a research paper or a thesis.

The Master’s program with research paper or thesis is normally a two-year program.

Students may apply to complete part of the program on a part-time basis as long as the three-session residency requirement has been met. All students, whether part-time or full-time, must complete all degree requirements within four years of their initial registration in the program.

 

Master's Program with Research Paper (36 cr.)

Compulsory courses (18 cr.)

  • EPE5101 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY (3cr.)
  • EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES I (3cr.)
  • EPE6307 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES II (3cr.)
  • EPE6309 ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.)
  • EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS I (3cr.)
  • EPE6311 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS II (3cr.)

Optional courses (12cr.)
Four courses (12 cr.) chosen from among the following:

  • ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
  • EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3cr.)
  • EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)
  • EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3cr.)
  • EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3cr.)
  • EPE6308 SECULARISM AND PUBLIC LIFE (3cr.)
  • EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
  • EPE6902 RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (3cr.)
  • CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.) (UO)
  • PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.) (UO)
  • SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.) (UO)

Research Paper (6 cr.)

  • EPE6098 RESEARCH PAPER (6cr.)

Master's Program with Thesis (36 cr.)

Compulsory courses (18 cr.)

  • EPE5101 SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY (3cr.)
  • EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES I (3cr.)
  • EPE6307 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES II (3cr.)
  • EPE6309 ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY (3cr.)
  • EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS I (3cr.)
  • EPE6311 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS II (3cr.)

Electives (6 cr.)
Two courses (6 cr.) chosen from among the following:

  • ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
  • EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3cr.)
  • EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)
  • EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3cr.)
  • EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3cr.)
  • EPE6308 SECULARISM AND PUBLIC LIFE (3cr.)
  • EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
  • EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
  • EPE6902 RESEARCH INTERNSHIP (3cr.)
  • CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.) (UO)
  • SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.) (UO)
  • PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.) (UO)

Master's Thesis (12 cr.)

  • EPE6999 MASTER'S THESIS (12cr.)

Before being allowed to register for the thesis, students must have had their detailed research plan accepted by a potential supervisor and by the program committee

Minimum Standards

The passing grade in all courses is C+. A student who incurs a failure in two courses is withdrawn from the program.

ECS 5304 - ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT

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.

ECS 5304 - ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT

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.

EPE 5101 - SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY

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.

EPE 6098 - Mémoire / Research paper

EPE 6300 - MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES I

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.

EPE 6301 - MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS

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.

EPE 6302 - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Ethical analysis of environmental policies. Nature of the relationship between humans and the environment.

EPE 6303 - ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Problems of values and cultural relativism. Ethical foundation of human rights. Historical perspectives and contemporary debate.

EPE 6304 - ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ethical components of development and underdevelopment theories. Rights and obligations of wealthy countries towards poor countries. Ethical critique of policies governing international aid.

EPE 6305 - ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE

Nature and bases of ethics in health care policies. Disputed questions. Various orientations in the ethics of health care policies.

EPE 6306 - ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION

Analysis of the impact of the development of New Information and Communications Technologies (NTIC) on privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.

EPE 6307 - MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES II

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.

Prerequisite: EPE6300 Main Ethical Theories I.

EPE 6308 - Secularism and Public Life

Study of the relationship between secularism and public life in contemporary liberal democratic societies, focusing especially on institutions, government and the Canadian public sphere.

EPE 6309 - Ethics, Philosophy and Public Policy

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.

EPE 6310 - SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS I

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.

EPE 6311 - Seminar in Public Ethics II

Critical analyses of policies and philosophical and ethical texts that are relevant to the major research paper or the thesis.

Prerequisite: EPE6310 Seminar in Public Ethics I.

EPE 6320 - SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS

Study of a specialized area in ethics.

EPE 6901 - LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS

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.

EPE 6902 - RESEARCH INTERNSHIP / STAGE DE RECHERCHE

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. //

L’application pratique en milieu professionnel des connaissances théoriques acquises en éthique publique. Un minimum de 130 heures sous supervision professionnelle dans un environnement de travail où il y a une composante éthique ou d’analyse de politiques publiques. Ce stage comprend une composante de pratique réflexive cumulative en vue de favoriser l’intégration critique de la théorie et de la pratique. Le stage se termine par la rédaction d’un rapport de stage détaillé. Le stage est noté S/NS par un professeur du programme en fonction du rapport écrit et l’évaluation du superviseur du stage.

Préalables : Réussite de 9 crédits du programme de M.A. avec une moyenne d’au moins B. Approbation de la proposition de stage par le directeur du programme.

EPE 6999 - THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MASTER'S THESIS

Courses offered by the University of Ottawa:

CMN 5115 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS (UO)

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.

PAP 6102 - DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (UO)

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.

SOC 7150 - INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (UO)

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.

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