Applied Ethics: Directed Research

Subject PHIL90005 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrollment.
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours each week
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Subject Overview:

An individually negotiated research project in which students investigate a topic in applied ethics. Internship option: With the permission of the subject coordinator, students may undertake this subject as an internship. In this option students will arrange to undertake a project under the aegis of a host organisation. The project will be jointly supervised by a member of the host organisation and the subject coordinator or delegate.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • show an in-depth understanding of a particular ethical issue or issues in professional life.
  • show the ability to search out relevant literature, both of a philosophical and of an empirical nature, on the topic, and to comprehend and evaluate such literature.
  • demonstrate the ability to identify a range of opinions on the chosen topic, to give a clear account of the arguments for these opinions and to construct reasoned counter-arguments.
  • indicate an awareness of how the chosen topic is related to its broader social and intellectual context.
Assessment: A 5000 word research essay, or a report on internship project, 100%, due in the final three weeks of semester or a report on the project.
Prescribed Texts:

There are no prescribed or recommended texts for this subject. The supervisor will discuss reading appropriate to the specific topics that the student has chosen to address.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have a well developed grasp of the relationship between empirical data and philosophical theory in understanding issues in ethics.
  • have well developed skills in research and analysis.
  • be able to engage critically with and integrate empirical research.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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