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Politics and Ethics MA

Course Description

Our Politics and Ethics MA degree offers you an opportunity to develop your critical and analytical understanding of ethical issues, alongside subject-specific modules focusing on your particular area of expertise and interest. It is designed for professionals and students wishing to gain a qualification in ethical aspects of their field.

Course structure
Run through the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) at the University of Brighton, the Politics and Ethics degree is one of seven distinct degrees that explore applied ethics or ethics in relation to art and design, education, healthcare, media, medicine or politics. One year full-time and two year part-time options are available. No previous familiarity with philosophy is assumed. Individuals will benefit from being members of an interdisciplinary cohort with differing professional and occupational experiences, and mixing with students from other MA courses.

Areas of study
Four core modules introduce the activity of philosophical thinking and prepare you for the research project. Then subject-specific modules are taught by staff in the relevant area of the university, identifying and addressing the ethical concerns particular to each degree. For instance, the politics and ethics modules ‘global ethics’ and ‘the politics of applied ethics’ are taught by staff from the School of Historical and Critical Studies. These modules provide a fascinating exploration of issues relevant to individuals working in the field of politics. For example, ‘global ethics’ examines ethical and political debates on immigration, environmental ethics and future generations, and the war on terror.
The research project, the culmination of the MA, consolidates the experiences, practices, and research skills developed on the course into an extended argument in the chosen specialist area.

Core modules:
Introduction to philosophical thinking
Moral thought and practice
Research methods
Research ethics

Politics and ethics modules:
Global ethics
The politics of applied ethics

Research project

Career and progression opportunities
Ethical standards and practices are often part of the regulatory framework in ‘traditional’ professions such as law and medicine. More recently questions of ethics have come to the fore in a broad range of professions, and the academic fields of philosophy and ethics are increasingly concerned with application and practice. This degree offers an unusual opportunity to explore relationships between politics and ethics on a sound philosophical basis, and will be of interest to both a wide range of professionals and to those seeking an academic career involving politics and ethics.

Visit the Politics and Ethics MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree or equivalent. Appropriate prior learning is accredited.

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