Shorter Applied Ethics Thesis

Subject PHIL90016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
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:

255 hours per semester

Enrolment in this thesis subject must be over two consecutive semesters.


This subject is only available to students admitted to 102EU (Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)). No student will be admitted to this course after 2013.

Students intending to complete a thesis, and admitted to Masters in Professional and Applied Ethics (MC-ARTPAE), should enrol in the Applied Ethics thesis, PHIL90031.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this subject must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed the Longer Applied Ethics Thesis (PHIL90017) are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

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:

The thesis provides students with the opportunity to research, design and write an original thesis on a topic on applied ethics. Students will also acquire research skills and an understanding of the methods required for advanced research in philosophy.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this project will

  • have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of philosophical argumentation and theory;
  • be able to demonstrate a substantial knowledge of one or more areas in the study of applied ethics;
  • understand the theoretical sources of the key concepts in these areas of study;
  • have developed research and analysis skills to enable further study in the area of applied ethics at a higher academic level;
  • understand the application of these concepts to their professional field or study area;
  • present theories and arguments concisely and critically.
  • A thesis of 12,000 words on a topic to be approved by the course coordinator, due at the end of the second semester of enrolment (100%)
Prescribed Texts:

Appropriate texts will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this project will

  • understand and analyse complex ethical issues;
  • detect ambiguity, vagueness, inconsistency, and other weaknesses in the expressions of ideas;
  • distinguish different types of question, claim or argument, and respond to them appropriately;
  • distinguish what is relevant to a given issue from what is not;
  • see ways in which an argument or explanation could be improved;
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)

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