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Contemporary Ethics (MA)

Course Description

MA Contemporary Ethics
The MA Contemporary Ethics explores questions such as ‘what is the good life?’; ‘how should we act?’; ‘how do we assess difficult moral situations?’; ‘what does moral living require of us, both in terms of who we are as human beings and as professionals?’ In searching for answers, you will be introduced to different schools of ethics; you will learn how to articulate new ethical dilemmas and formulate coherent moral arguments. This degree may be of special interest to professionals whose work requires ethical reflection, especially teachers, healthcare practitioners, those in social and public service occupations, ministers of religion, business professionals and those who simply are interested in exploring a range of issues related to a moral life.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Foundations of Ethics lays the foundation for the study of ethics by giving you an introduction to some major themes in ethical theory and areas of contemporary debate. Themes studied include: major influences on ethical debate (relativism, utilitarianism, Kantianism); the distinctive contributions of Christian ethics; conscience; Human Rights; law and morality.

Moral Development, Reasoning & Decision Making helps you to think in an informed and structured way about the meaning, role and patterns of moral growth. You will examine: selected psychological theories of ego, cognitive and affective development and ideas of moral growth in virtue ethics. You will be invited to test the formulated framework of moral development and decision-making models against chosen stories of moral life: real or fictional.

Options (choose 2):
Ethical Issues Today
Bioethics & Sexual Ethics
Business Ethics
Morality & Spirituality

Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student.

If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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