Applied Ethics: Directed Research

Subject PHIL90005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with supervisor throughout period of enrollment.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours total


Admission into the Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics or the Advanced Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Arts.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Christopher Cordner


Andrew Alexandra

Subject Overview:

An individually negotiated research project in which students investigate a topic in applied ethics.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

A 5000 word research essay, or a report on internship project,100%, due in the final three weeks of semester.

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics
Professional Ethics
Professional Ethics

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