Diploma

Diploma in Value Theory and Applied Ethics

This is a Type 2 Graduate Diploma awarded only in conjunction with a graduate degree.  Students who qualify for a graduate degree in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the MA or PhD Program in Philosophy may be granted a Graduate Diploma in Value Theory and Applied Ethics provided that they meet the requirements outlined below.

Academic Requirements

Students working towards the graduate diploma will be registered as candidates for the MA or PhD in Philosophy.  Specific courses taken in fullfilment of the graduate degree requirements will be required for the graduate diploma.  Students taking the diploma will also be required to complete additional qualifications, as follows:

I. MA Candidates

  1. Two 3-credit courses in value theory or applied ethics over and above the requirements for the MA.
  2. Two of the four 3-credit electives required for the MA must be in value theory or applied ethics.
  3. A Major Research Paper (8,000 -10,000 words) on an approved topic in value theory or applied ethics that will satisfy the Graduate Program in Philosophy.

II. PhD Candidates

  1. Two 3-credit courses in value theory or applied ethics over and above the requirements for the PhD.
  2. Two of the six 3-credit electives required for the PhD must be in value theory or applied ethics.
  3. A Major Research Paper (8,000 -10,000 words) on an approved topic in value theory or applied ethics that will satisfy the Graduate Program in Philosophy.

III. As an alternative to one of the additional 3-credit courses required for the Diploma, students may  choose either of the following options, but not both

  1. A Practicum at an approved institution outside the University, leading up to the Major Research Paper, on a topic approved by the Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy.
  2. One 3-credit course in a related area of applied ethics, offered as a graduate course by another graduate program or by the Centre for Practical Ethics, provided that it has been approved by the Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy.

IV. Practicum Requirements

  1. Students may take a Practicum in an institution with a working committee on ethics, such as a hospital, government agency, etc.  The Graduate Program will assist students in finding a suitable organization to fulfil this requirement.
  2. Duration of the Practicum:  The Practicum must be of no less than 12 weeks in duration, with no less than 6 hours per week and normally no more than 8 hours per week.
  3. Supervision:  The Practicum must be approved by the Graduate Program Director in  Philosophy.
  4. Students will work under the supervision of a York graduate faculty member in Philosophy who will also supervise the MRP.
  5. The practicum will lead to the writing of an MRP on a topic in Value Theory or Applied Ethics that satisfies the requirements of the Diploma.