Professional Ethics

Major/Minor/Specialisation !GCA-ARTS-SPC+1017 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Associate Professor Christopher Cordner



Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)


The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Arts in this area of specialisation 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Arts in this area of specialisation 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.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: 6 months full-time / 1 year part-time

Please note: 2015 mid-year intake commencing students can only take this program on a part time basis and will not be available for international students.

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Arts in this area of specialisation requires:

  • one compulsory subject(12.5 points)
  • three elective subjects (37.5 points)

Total 50 points

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subject

12.5 points

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Elective Subjects

37.5 points

The elective subjects listed are recommended however the program coordinator may give permission for level four or graduate subjects at the University of Melbourne other than those listed to be taken as electives, provided that:

  • they are at an appropriate level
  • are relevant to the program
  • permission to enrol has been granted by the subject coordinator
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2015
Semester 1
Links to further information:

The program can only be completed in one semester full-time by students in the start year intake, depending on the choice/availability of elective subjects. Full time enrolment is not possible for midyear entry.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced)

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