Ethical issues are taking on a greater importance in society and in our lives. Think, for example, of the questions raised by medical advances that challenge our concepts of life and death, or the privacy issues created by the growing use of the Internet. This multidisciplinary program in ethics is both theoretical and applied. You reflect on fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy and come to understand the nature of ethics issues in health care, business, law, communication, criminology, social work, public affairs and other areas.

This program is offered in English and in French.

The French immersion stream is available with this program.

Basic Skills
ENG 1100Workshop in Essay Writing3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study in the Arts 1
Literature and Composition I: Prose Fiction
Literature and Composition II: Drama and Poetry
Compulsory courses at the 2000 level
PHI 2170Logic I3 Units
PHI 2174Ethics3 Units
PHI 2183Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 2380Greek Philosophy or the Birth of Philosophy3 Units
PHI 2383Modern Philosophy3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 3000 level
PHI 3164Contemporary Ethical Theories3 Units
PHI 3165Contemporary Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 3395Philosophy of Law3 Units
Compulsory courses at the 4000 level
PHI 4164Texts in Ethics and Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 4311Problems in Contemporary Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 4312Problems in Contemporary Ethics3 Units
Optional courses
3 course units from:3 Units
Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Philosophy: Ideas and Arguments
3 course units from:3 Units
Moral Reasoning
Philosophy: Themes and Texts
3 optional course units in philosophy from list A or from:3 Units
Continental Philosophy
Origins of Analytic Philosophy
Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
6 optional course units in philosophy from list B6 Units
6 optional course units in philosophy from list C6 Units
60 elective course units60 Units
Total: 120 Units

The electives may be replaced by a combination of a Minor, Option(s), and/or elective units. Consult the Faculty of Arts website for more information.

List of optional courses 

List A - History of Philosophy
PHI 3108Texts in Modern Philosophy3 Units
PHI 3370Plato: The Philosopher as Poet, Lover, Dialectician and King3 Units
PHI 3380Aristotle. The Pursuit of Wisdom for its Own Sake3 Units
PHI 3382Kant and Critical Philosophy3 Units
PHI 3386Topics in 19th Century Philosophy 13 Units
PHI 3387Philosophy of the Enlightenment3 Units
PHI 4160Greek Philosophical Texts3 Units
PHI 4307Texts in French Philosophy3 Units
PHI 4385Hegel and German Idealism3 Units
List B - Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge
PHI 3105Phenomenology3 Units
PHI 3125Philosophy of Cognitive Science3 Units
PHI 3170Topics in Theory of Knowledge 13 Units
PHI 3171Logic II3 Units
PHI 3174Topics in Metaphysics3 Units
PHI 3390Philosophical Logic3 Units
PHI 3391Philosophy of Language3 Units
PHI 3396Philosophy of the Social Sciences3 Units
PHI 4308Texts in American Philosophy3 Units
PHI 4309Wittgenstein3 Units
List C - Ethics and Political Philosophy
PHI 2385Ethical Questions3 Units
PHI 2390Philosophy of Feminism and Gender3 Units
PHI 2393Philosophy of Culture3 Units
PHI 2394Scientific Thought and Social Values3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
PHI 2397Business Ethics3 Units
PHI 2398Environmental Ethics3 Units
PHI 2399Questions in Political Philosophy3 Units
PHI 3164Contemporary Ethical Theories3 Units
PHI 3165Contemporary Political Philosophy3 Units