Certificate in Ethics

The Certificate in Ethics is a program of study that may be completed in conjunction with any module in Philosophy (with the exception of a Minor in Ethics). The Certificate, offered through Western University, Department of Philosophy, is being offered as a response to a wide and growing interest in the ethical dimensions of professional and public life. The purpose of this program is to enable participants to strengthen and develop their understanding of ethics so as to enhance their ability to recognize and respond to ethical issues in a wide variety of social settings. The Certificate in Ethics will educate students in the essential concepts, central issues, history, and methodologies of ethical reasoning. The program also emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, writing skills, and verbal skills. The Certificate in Ethics is a program of study that may be completed while pursuing an undergraduate Degree at Western.

The program consists of five full-course equivalents. Students are required to complete four half-courses in moral theory, moral reasoning, and professional ethics. Students must also complete an additional six half course equivalents in applied ethics, political philosophy or philosophy of law. Typical course selections include business ethics, biomedical ethics, death, feminist philosophy, history of political philosophy, and environmental philosophy.

The Certificate in Ethics is open to anyone who is completing a three or four-year undergraduate degree. The program is geared towards students who are completing coursework in Philosophy. Although all eligible people are invited to apply, the Certificate in Ethics is particularly well-suited to those who are, or who intend to be, working in a profession such as law, medicine, nursing, journalism, education, engineering, government or business.

Admission Requirements

Students must be enrolled in a 3 or 4-year undergraduate degree program. While no particular background is presupposed, Certificate students are required to have writing skills sufficiently strong to write essays at the university level. Students are not permitted to be enrolled in a Minor in Ethics and the Certificate program.

To be admitted, students may complete an Intent to Register indicating this enrollment change.

Course Requirements

The program consists of 5.0 courses:

0.5 coursePhilosophy 2700F/G.
An additional 1.5 courses in Applied Ethics at the 2200 level drawn from Philosophy 2710F/G, Philosophy 2715F/G, Philosophy 2720F/G, Philosophy 2810F/G, the former Philosophy 2701E, the former Philosophy 2702F/G, the former Philosophy 2703F/G.
3.0 courses in Ethics at the 2000 level or higher. While the offerings in ethics vary from year to year, typical course selections include, but are not limited to, Philosophy 2033A/B, Philosophy 2070E, Philosophy 2073F/G, Philosophy 2074F/G, Philosophy 2077F/G, Philosophy 2080, Philosophy 2370F/G, Philosophy 2630F/G, Philosophy 2710F/G, Philosophy 2715F/G, Philosophy 2730F/G, Philosophy 2800F/G, Philosophy 2801F/G, Philosophy 2810F/G, Philosophy 2821F/G, Philosophy 2822F/G, Philosophy 3170F/G, Philosophy 3180F/G, Philosophy 3700E, Philosophy 3710F/G, Philosophy 3720F/G, Philosophy 3810F/G, Philosophy 4071F/G, Philosophy 4072F/G, Philosophy 4730F/G, the former Philosophy 2023, the former Philosophy 2071E.

NOTE: Courses taken as part of an undergraduate degree may count towards the fulfillment of these requirements. Students who are enrolled in a Minor in Ethics are not eligible for the Certificate in Ethics.

Progression Requirement

A student must maintain at least a 70% average and obtain a mark of not less than 60% in each course to remain in the program.

Graduation Requirement

To qualify for the Certificate in Ethics, a student must complete the prescribed program of studies with at least a 70% average and a mark of not less than 60% in each course.

Contacts for Admissions and Application Procedures

Sarah Murdoch, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Stevenson Hall 3148
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85741
Email: sdougl29@uwo.ca

Devin Henry, Undergraduate Chair
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85876
Email: dhenry3@uwo.ca