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Ethics - Corporate Responsibility

Introduction
The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is a specialist pathway within the MA in Ethics run by the DCU School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music and the Institute of Ethics. No philosophy or ethics background is required to apply for this course. You'll obtain the knowledge and skills needed to design and manage the ethical, social and governance aspects of business decision-making and operation. You'll also learn how to apply business ethics concepts and frameworks to the responsible management of organisations.

This interdisciplinary course draws on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics. The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) is part of a professional development framework for Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland (ACOI).

After graduation you can join our MA in Ethics Alumni and be part of a network of expertise and support in the field of ethics

Programme

The MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) specifically expands on the theoretical perspective of business ethics as well as its practical management tools.

Upon successful completion of the course of study for this award, a graduate will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of ethical theories and principles that are at the forefront of general and applied ethics.

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a broad range of business ethics concepts and theories including corporate responsibility, corporate governance and stakeholder accountability.

Apply a range of business ethics theories and practical tools to address ethics issues in business organizations.

You'll undertake the course part-time over two years, completing six taught modules, all of which are core:

•Introduction to Ethics
•Readings in Ethics
•Human Rights & Social Justice
•Business Ethics
•Finance and Corporate Governance
•Implementing an Effective Ethics Culture

You'll also complete a minor thesis (15,000 words) from within the perspective of the discipline of ethics.

Why DCU

This MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) programme equips participants with a solid foundation in theoretical and applied ethics. It also develops the necessary skills to appraise soundly and confront confidently a vast range of important topical ethical challenges.

Why Do This Programme?

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two years.

The programme is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music, Institute of Ethics, DCU Business School and practitioners in the field of Business Ethics.

Entry requirements

Requirements

General Entry Requirements

•Applicants will normally have an honours primary degree or equivalent (2.2) but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University. Interviews may be held.

•Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.

•International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

Duration

2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers
The programme is part of a professional development framework for ACOI members and for individuals within the wider business community who wish to develop their leadership skills for Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility roles within organisations.

The pathway has been designed to appeal to individuals carrying out roles in or related to:

Ethics & Compliance
Corporate Responsibility/Citizenship
Stakeholder Relations
Organisational or Board Governance or Risk Management
Social Accounting/Reporting
Socially Responsible Investment
Ethics, Audit, Risk or Compliance Committees
Regulatory and public sector bodies
Undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff

Further enquiries

alan.kearns@dcu.ie
+353 (01) 700 7055

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement of Programme
The programme commences in September 2019.

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