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Public Ethics (Graduate Diploma)

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The Faculty of Philosophy at Saint Paul University, in collaboration with the Faculties of Theology and of Human Sciences, offers a Graduate Diploma in Public Ethics. The graduate diploma is granted 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 on course and seminar work in public ethics and is especially attractive to mid-career professionals wishing to reflect and build on their professional experience and previous studies.

Program Objectives

To provide academic training in public ethics and foster the development of analytical skills enabling professionals (e.g., managers, political analysts, consultants, parliamentary assistants, jurists, health care professionals, administrators of agencies, information specialists) to articulate coherently the contents of an ethical debate and to clarify issues that may arise, with the aim of shaping discussions and policies at the regional, national and international levels.

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The professors included in the list below are members of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This means that they are authorized to supervise or co-supervise theses. A complete list of the faculty and staff members associated with the program can be found at http://www.ustpaul.ca/index_e.asp




ARCHIBALD, Clinton, Adjunct Professor
Public administration; Political commentator; Governance

BEAUVAIS, Chantal, Associate Professor
Edith Stein, Ethics

CLOUTIER, Sophie, Assistant Professor
Research in environmental and medical ethics, political philosophy of Hannah Arendt, genetics and religion

DAKROURY, Aliaa, Assistant Professor
Communication Rights; History of communication; Globalization and Information Technology; Governance and Canadian Media policy; Social Justice and Cultural rights;, Islam and Media Representation

DE KESEL, Marc, Associate Professor
Continental Philosophy; Lacanian Theory; Shoah Studies; Theories of Religion

DWYER, Rocky, Adjunct Professor
Human resources management and ethics; leadership

FEIST, Richard, Associate Professor
Ethics; metaphysics; phenomenology; philosophy of science and mathematics, process philosophy (especially Alfred North Whitehead)

GILMORE, Alan, Adjunct Professor
Accountability and ethics in government; corporate ethics

MELCHIN, Kenneth, Full Professor
Economics Ethics; Business Ethics; Social and Political Ethics; Lonergan Studies

PERRON, Louis, Associate Professor
Contemporary continental philosophy; Phenomenology and hermanentics; Jean Ladrière; Ethics

RIOUX, Jean-François, Associate Professor
History of conflict resolution; peacebuilding; conflict analysis; disarmament and arms control; ethics of armed intervention

SCHLITT, Dale, Emeritus Professor
Trinity; Philosophical Theology; Hegel Studies

SHUKLA, Rajesh, Assistant Professor
The relation between ethics and public policy, environmental ethics, and Karma theory.

STUART, Stephen, Assistant Professor
Social responsibilities of large-scale sport organizations; administration of risk in extreme sports; administration; social marketing; communication

SWEET, William, Adjunct Professor
Late 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American philosophy (particularly, the origins of analytic philosophy and British idealism); ethical theories and applied ethics (especially, cross-cultural ethics); political philosophy, The philosophy of Jacques Maritain

WALTERS, Gregory, Full Professor
Social and Political Ethics; human rights; biotechnology and ethics; genetics and ethics; nanotechnology and ethics

To be admitted to the graduate diploma 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 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 language to be able to read texts in that language.

In exceptional cases, candidates who do not hold the equivalent of an honours bachelor’s degree as defined above may be admitted to the graduate diploma 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). In some cases, such candidates may be required to complete qualifying courses in pertinent disciplines prior to admission.

A maximum of three credits in equivalencies or advanced standing may be granted. To be eligible, the credits in question must not have counted towards the requirements of a previous diploma or degree. Candidates who have already successfully completed some of the compulsory credits may be allowed to replace those credits with elective credits. For details, consult section B.2.7. of the general regulations of the FGPS.

Transfer from Graduate Diploma to Master’s

Students registered in the graduate diploma program can request to transfer to a related master's program in accordance with section A.7.1 of the general regulations of the FGPS.

Language of Instruction

The program is offered in French and in English. In accordance with Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa regulations, examinations, assignments and the research paper or thesis may be written in either one of the two official languages (English or French).

Diploma Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Public Ethics program consists of 15 credits of course and seminar work. It is normally a one-year program, with the year divided into two sessions of full-time study. The program can also be taken on a part-time basis.

  • Core courses (6cr.)
  • EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES (3cr.)
    EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS (3cr.)

  • Electives (9cr.)
  • Three courses (9cr.) chosen from among the following:
    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.)
    EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
    EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
    ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
    CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.)
    PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.)
    SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.)

    Duration of the Program

    All students, whether full- or part-time, must complete all diploma requirements within three years of having first registered in the program. Serious efforts are made to accommodate the schedules of part-time students.

    Minimum Standards

    The passing grade in all courses is C+. Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 credits) or the same course twice must withdraw from the program.

    EPE6300 MAIN ETHICAL THEORIES (3cr.)
    Nature of ethical inquiry. Fundamental concepts. Assessment of strengths and weaknesses of various ethical theories. The multidisciplinary character of contemporary ethics. Study of ethical views and assumptions underpinning policy statements and human activity.

    EPE6301 MILITARY AND PEACEKEEPING ETHICS (3cr.)
    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.

    EPE6302 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (3cr.)
    Ethical analysis of environmental policies. Nature of the relationship between humans and the environment.

    EPE6303 ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (3cr.)
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Problems of values and cultural relativism. Ethical foundation of human rights. Historical perspectives and contemporary debate.

    EPE6304 ETHICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3cr.)
    Ethical components of development and underdevelopment theories. Rights and obligations of wealthy countries towards poor countries. Ethical critique of policies governing international aid.

    EPE6305 ETHICS AND HEALTH CARE (3cr.)
    Nature and bases of ethics in health care policies. Disputed questions. Various orientations in the ethics of health care policies.

    EPE6306 ETHICS, PRIVACY AND INFORMATION (3cr.)
    Analysis of the impact of the development of New Information and Communications Technologies (NTIC) on privacy and the confidentiality of personal information.

    EPE6310 SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ETHICS (3cr.)
    Analysis and resolution of practical problems in public ethics. Methodologies and principles of research in public ethics, using a case-study approach.

    EPE6320 SELECTED TOPICS IN ETHICS (3cr.)
    Study of a specialized area in ethics.

    EPE6700 LES PRINCIPALES THÉORIES ÉTHIQUES (3cr.)
    La nature de l’interrogation éthique. Concepts fondamentaux. Points forts et faibles associés à chaque théorie éthique. Le caractère pluridisciplinaire de l’éthique contemporaine. Visions éthiques qui sous-tendent les énoncés de politiques et les activités humaines.

    EPE6701 ÉTHIQUE DE L’ART MILITAIRE ET DU MAINTIEN DE LA PAIX (3cr.)
    Examen de réflexions éthiques de la part de philosophes et de militaires. Lecture d’auteurs anciens (Cicéron, Jules César, Marc Aurèle) et modernes. Éthique contemporaine de la guerre, la réalité du soldat et du gardien de la paix. Discussions théoriques et examen détaillé des politiques actuelles, ainsi que de la façon de penser du Département de Défense nationale.

    EPE6702 ÉTHIQUE ENVIRONNEMENTALE (3cr.)
    Analyse éthique des politiques environnementales. Nature du lien entre les humains et l’environnement.

    EPE6703 ÉTHIQUE ET DROITS HUMAINS (3cr.)
    La Déclaration universelle des droits de la personne. Le fondement éthique des droits humains. Les perspectives historiques et les débats contemporains.

    EPE6704 ÉTHIQUE ET DÉVELOPPEMENT INTERNATIONAL (3cr.)
    Les composantes éthiques des théories du développement et du sous-développement. Les droits et obligations des pays riches envers les pays pauvres. Critique des politiques gouvernant l’aide internationale.

    EPE6705 ÉTHIQUE ET SOINS DE SANTÉ (3cr.)
    Nature et fondements de l’éthique dans les politiques de santé. Questions débattues. Courants de pensée en éthique des politiques de santé.

    EPE6706 ÉTHIQUE, VIE PRIVÉE ET INFORMATION (3cr.)
    Impact du développement des nouvelles technologies de l’information et des communications (NTIC) sur la vie privée et la confidentialité. Protection des données personnelles.

    EPE6710 SÉMINAIRE EN ÉTHIQUE PUBLIQUE (3cr.)
    L’analyse et la résolution de problèmes pratiques en éthique publique. Méthodologies et principes de recherche en éthique publique, à partir d’étude de cas.

    EPE6720 THÈMES CHOISIS EN ÉTHIQUE (3cr.)
    Étude d’un domaine particulier de l’éthique.

    EPE6901 LECTURES DIRIGÉES / DIRECTED READINGS (3cr.)
    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.

    EPE6998 MÉMOIRE / RESEARCH PAPER (3cr.)

    EPE6999 THÈSE DE MAÎTRISE / MASTER'S THESIS (12cr.)

    CMN5115 COMMUNICATION ETHICS (3cr.)
    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.

    CMN5515 ÉTHIQUE DE LA COMMUNICATION (3cr.)
    L’accent sera mis sur la signification des principes éthiques et de la responsabilité des communicateurs publiques ainsi que sur les sanctions auxquelles s’exposent les communicateurs qui ne respectent pas ces principes. Critique de l’autorégulation des médias. Analyse de l’argumentation. Étude de la jurisprudence en matière de diffamation.

    ECS5304 ETHICAL DIMENSIONS OF CONFLICT (3cr.)
    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.

    ECS5704 DIMENSIONS ÉTHIQUES DES CONFLITS (3cr.)
    Problématiques éthiques conceptuelles et procédurales liées aux normes de la justice et de la réconciliation. Liens des thèmes éthiques à la dialectique du soi et de l'autre, à la dynamique du discours et du pouvoir, au genre et à la classe, à la mémoire et au rôle des agents humains.

    PAP6102 DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE (3cr.)
    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.

    PAP6502 GOUVERNANCE DÉMOCRATIQUE - RENDEMENT ET IMPUTABILITÉ (3cr.)
    Examen des mesures prises par les gouvernements démocratiques pour s'assurer que les processus de prise de décision répondent aux critères d'efficacité, de représentativité, et d'imputabilité. Accent sur l'examen critique des réformes récentes des modes de gestion à la fonction publique et étude approfondie des différents modes d'intervention gouvernementale et d'élaboration de politiques d'un point de vue comparatif.

    SOC7150 INTERETHNIC RELATIONS: CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH (3cr.)
    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.

    SOC7550 RELATIONS INTERETHNIQUES : EXAMEN CRITIQUE DES THÉORIES ET DES RECHERCHES (3cr.)
    Principales théories sociologiques des relations interethniques; l'application de ces théories dans l'analyse de la structure sociale de quelques sociétés multiethniques, notamment le Canada.

    D'autres cours d'études supérieures jugés appropriés pour le programme et offerts dans le cadre des domaines de spécialisation disponibles dans d'autres facultés de l'Université Saint-Paul ou de l'Université d'Ottawa peuvent, avec permission, être inclus dans le programme

    Other graduate courses deemed appropriate to the program and offered within the areas of specialization available through the other faculties of Saint Paul University or the University of Ottawa may, with permission, be included in the program.

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