The MA in Ethics is delivered by the DCU School of Theology, Philosophy and Music and the Institute of Ethics.
The MA in Ethics provides participants with knowledge, skills and competence to examine ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas in professional and public life from a wide spectrum of ethical worldviews and theories. The course provides participants with a grounding in the foundations of ethics, human rights and social justice. Participants will also develop the necessary ethical analysis and decision-making skills to apply ethical perspectives and principles to real-life and professional dilemmas. As such the programme aims to "add value" to continuing professional development.
Dublin City University (DCU) have been running an MA in Ethics that is designed to prepare course participants to contribute to an ethically sustainable society by enhancing their knowledge-base in ethics as well as building their skills set in ethical reasoning and decision-making. The underpinning philosophy of the MA programme is that ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas are best explored by examining them from a wide spectrum of ethical theories and by developing an active and creative interaction between theory and practice. The programme is part-time, over two years and has attracted people from various professional backgrounds including education, journalism, social work, business, health care and law.
This MA in Ethics programme at DCU 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?
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.
Display a critical awareness of contemporary public and professional ethical issues together with new ethical insights developed and informed by a variety of philosophical, theological, human rights, intercultural and other perspectives.
Analyse specific ethical issues, challenges and dilemmas arising from contemporary work, professional activity and public life.
The course equips participants with a comprehensive foundation in theoretical and applied ethics and the necessary skills to evaluate soundly and confront confidently a range of important contemporary ethical challenges.