Practical Ethics and Society Option

The option in Practical Ethics and Society provides students with the theoretical grounding and practical skills needed for in-depth engagement with ethical and social concerns. Emphasis is on developing the critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities crucial to examining the norms that guide our decisions and actions at all levels: individual, communal, and global. Students will engage in the analysis and critique of various approaches to ethical and social issues. In addition, they will have the opportunity to focus on specific practical issues in areas such as business, the law, health and medicine, the environment, politics, and human rights. The knowledge gained can be leveraged in both the personal and the professional arena; this option fosters the enhancement of individual consciousness of the values and norms that shape our world, and it provides skills and understanding that can be applied in many practical spheres, including professional, decision-making, public policy, and social activism.

The Practical Ethics and Society Option consists of 4.0 credits (1.5 required and 2.5 elective). Honours program students with a minimum overall GPA of 6.0 at the end of Years 1, 2 or 3 are eligible to apply for the Practical Ethics and Society Option. A cumulative GPA of 7.00 in the courses specific to the Practical Ethics and Society Option is required to graduate. The option is not available to Honours Philosophy or combined Honours Philosophy students.

Required Core Practical Ethics and Society Courses (1.5 credits)
PP223 - Contemporary Moral Issues
PP203 - Social and Political Philosophy or PP213 - Legal Philosophy
One of: PP217 - Medical Ethics, PP224 - Philosophy and the Environment, PP247 - Business Ethics

Elective Courses (2.5 credits)
5 courses
from the following:
AN210 - Intercultural Competencies
AN243 - Law, Culture and Society
CMEG300 - Introduction to Community Engagement
CMEG301 - Social Inclusion, Local Democracy and Community Enterprise
GS211 - Introduction to International Development
GS220 - Being Human in a Global Age
GS231 - War, Culture and Conflict
PP110 - Values and Society
PP203 - Social and Political Philosophy
PP207 - Ethical Theories
PP213 - Legal Philosophy
PP216 - Critical Social Theory
PP217 - Medical Ethics
PP219 - Feminist Philosophy
PP224 - Philosophy and the Environment
PP230 - Philosophy of War and Peace
PP233 - Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship
PP247 - Business Ethics
SY207 - Social Theory I
SY208 - Social Theory II
SY210 - Social Inequality
PO350 - Theories of Justice

Additional Information
Program Notes

  1. Refer to Regulations Governing Minors/Options.
  2. Completion of the option requirements will result in a "Practical Ethics and Society Option" designation on the student transcript.
  3. In addition, when choosing elective courses, note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.
  4. CMEG300 is a prerequisite for CMEG301.
  5. No course may count as both a core course and an elective course.
  6. The option is not available to Honours Philosophy or combined Honours Philosophy students.