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Ethics and Public Affairs (EPAF) Courses

EPAF 5000 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Ethics and Public Affairs

Students prepare for and attend a series of guest lectures, submitting in writing a critical analysis of some aspect of the presentation or discussion for each lecture they attend.

EPAF 5100 [0.5 credit]
Supervised Research Tutorial

On a particular public issue, students identify ethical concerns and a range of evidence-based and values-based arguments for alternative policy options, assessing the comparative strength of those arguments.
Prerequisite(s): EPAF 6100.

EPAF 5200 [0.5 credit]
Ethics in Organizations

A seminar on proactive approaches to ethical issues in organizations including design and implementation of ethics programs based on research in ethics and social science.

EPAF 5300 [0.5 credit]
Values-based Deliberation

A seminar exploring examples of civic and government dialogues on public issues, in light of theoretical foundations of deliberative dialogue.

EPAF 5500 [0.5 credit]

Students gain experience doing ethics-related work in government, business, civil society, or consulting. Students report on their work as required, and their performance is graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

EPAF 6000 [0.5 credit]
Ethical Concerns in Public Affairs

A tutorial in which students identify the range of ethical concerns raised by a particular public issue chosen by the student.
Prerequisite(s): enrolment in the Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs program.

EPAF 6100 [1.0 credit]
Public Reason I

A seminar on the nature and limits of public reason, with application to a particular public issue chosen by the instructors. Normative concepts and theories of ethics and political philosophy will be studied as relevant to that issue.

EPAF 6200 [1.0 credit]
Public Reason II

A seminar continuing from Public Reason I, with application to a different public issue, which makes relevant a different set of normative concepts and theories of ethics and political philosophy.
Prerequisite(s): EPAF 6100.

EPAF 6600 [0.5 credit]
Theory Examination

Ph.D. preparation for an examination on main works and approaches in ethics and political philosophy.

EPAF 6700 [0.5 credit]
Area Examination

Ph.D. preparation for an examination on social science literature concerning the public issue on which the student wishes to conduct dissertation research.

EPAF 6909 [5.0 credits]
Ph.D. Thesis

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