Applied Ethics: Directed Research

Subject PHIL90005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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


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:

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:


Assoc Prof Christopher Cordner



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.

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, due in the final three weeks of semester (100%)

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 Diploma in Professional Ethics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
200 points Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Professional Ethics
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Professional Ethics

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