Professional Ethics Thesis

Subject PHIL90018 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with thesis supervisor throughout the period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment:

An average of 10 hours each week.


Entry into the postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics (467AA).



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Students enrolled in this subject will be required to produce an original piece of work of approximately 12,000 words length on a topic in professional ethics. Topics may include conceptual investigations into the foundations of professional ethics, as well as discussions of particular ethically problematic issues. Individual thesis topics will be the result of negotiation between students and teaching staff. Students will be required to demonstrate the capacity to identify and critically engage with the relevant literature and to produce a coherent and well-argued piece reflecting this engagement.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • have an in-depth knowledge of the academic literature relating to the subject of their thesis.
  • have developed familiarity with and competence in theoretical philosophical ethics.
  • have displayed the ability to understand and integrate relevant empirical research.

A thesis of 12 000 words (due at the end of the second semester of study after enrolment).

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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 displayed the ability to engage critically with academic theorising.
  • have developed skills in research and analysis that will enable them to undertake further independent research work of greater length and originality.
  • have displayed the capacity for self-directed study.
  • have displayed the ability to complete a coherent, informed and critically aware piece of work of thesis length.
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This thesis subject is compulsory in the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics (497-AA)

Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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