Professional Ethics Thesis

Subject PHIL90018 (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 thesis supervisor throughout the period of enrolment
Total Time Commitment:

255 hours each semester


Entry into the Graduate Diploma (Advanced) in Professional Ethics.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:

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.

(Enrolment in the thesis is across two consecutive semesters and students must enrol in the subject in each semester to ensure they are meeting the full 37.5 point requirement for the year-long subject.)

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 (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 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;
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Professional Ethics

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