Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics

Course 469-AA (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview:

The Postgraduate Certificate provides students with a general understanding of key concepts and issues in professional ethics. The course will appeal to professional people who want to understand both the roots of the ethic appropriate to their own profession and the wider social and ethical context in which it is located. The certificate may lead to higher degree study in professional ethics or related areas of study.

Course coordinator:
Andrew Alexandra
School of Philosophy

Objectives: Students who complete the postgraduate certificate should:
  • develop a sensitivity to ethical dimensions of practice in their own, and related professions;
  • demonstrate a substantial knowledge of one or more areas in the study of professional ethics;
  • understand the theoretical sources of the key concepts in these areas of study;
  • understand the application of these concepts to their professional field or study area;
  • develop research and analytical skills enabling further study at higher degree levels.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:
  • one compulsory subject
  • three elective subjects
Total 50 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.
Subject Options: Compulsory subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
(semi-intensive mode over 5 Saturdays during semester or winter intensive - July - subject to demand) Elective subjects
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2008
Not offered in 2008
Semester 2
Not offered in 2008
Semester 1
Elective subjects available at Australian National University (ANU)
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

* Subject 920-065 Business Ethics is offered by Charles Sturt University and available through Complementary Course arrangements, please see Complementary Course Coordinator when you enrol for relevant paperwork.

*A maximum of one elective may be selected from subjects 161-024, 161-027 and 161-007.
Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:

  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline
  • an undergraduate degree and at least two years of documented relevant experience in professional, public sector or business activities. Interviews may be conducted to assess the applicant's capacity to deal with the theoretical content of the course.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes: None
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Notes: The course can only be completed in one semester full-time by students in the February intake, depending on the choice/availability of elective subjects.

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