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2013/14 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

PGDip Applied and Professional Ethics (Online)

Programme code:PGD-A&PE-FTUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Christopher Megone Contact

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

Candidates should normally be graduates or holders of an equivalent qualification. Where a candidate is not a graduate, relevant professional experience is taken into account. The key attributes sought are a willingness and ability to think through problems in a reasoned and independent way. We also seek a very basic grasp of what philosophical ethics is, evidence of commitment to its study, writing skills, and evidence of any relevant experience of ethical issues arising in practice. While some students who come on the course have already studied philosophy formally, previous study of philosophy is not a requirement. The course is designed for those coming to the study of ethics or professional ethics for the first time.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language need to meet the University's minimum requirements for English language proficiency.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied CETL

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied CETL MA examination board

Programme specification:

Programme Aims

At the end of the programme students should:
- be able to use philosophical reasoning skills to address issues in applied and professional ethics;
- possess knowledge of a wide range of ethics debates in a range of professional contexts;
- have examined a specific topic in applied/professional ethics (often one that arises for the student in working life) in great detail through their dissertation project.

Distinctiveness of the programme

The programme will:
- be available exclusively to online distance learners, using specially developed teaching materials;
- give students the opportunity to draw heavily on their experiences in the workplace and their wider professional life.

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

IDEA5210MIntroduction to Ethics: Reasons, Motivation, Obligations and Happiness15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5220MProfessional Issues 115 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5230MAgents and Professional Responsibility15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 75 credits from the following optional modules:

IDEA5240MProfessional Issues 2: Privacy and Confidentiality15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA5250MProfessional Issues 3: Consent and Contracts15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA5260MJustice: Fairness, Equality and Diversity15 creditsSemester 2
IDEA5270MGlobal Environmental Ethics15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5280MBusiness Ethics15 creditsSemester 1
IDEA5290MProfessional Ethics Project15 creditsSep to Aug

Last updated: 04/06/2015


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