Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs
- Ph.D.: How it works
The PhD program can be completed in four years, beginning with two terms of coursework.
- Core seminars EPAF 6100 and 6200 explore the nature and requirements of public reason, in application to policy issues in national and global contexts.
- EPAF 6000 is a year-long workshop course in which students develop their research topics by identifying a possible research question, relevant ethical or political theories and concepts, and core literature.
- A graduate course relevant to the student’s research.
- A graduate course in social science methods, if necessary.
The next four terms lead from comprehensive exams to a thesis proposal.
- Comprehensive examination on ethical theory, social/political philosophy, and theories of public reason.
- Comprehensive examination or review essay on literature relevant to the student’s thesis topic.
- Thesis proposal, with oral defence.
- Practicum experience in a workplace where ethical analysis is relevant (can also be done later).
- Optional course on ethics in organizations (can also be done later).
The remainder of the program focuses on thesis research and professional development.
- Thesis research (including possible field research)
- Thesis writing
- Practicum experience in a workplace where ethical analysis is relevant (if not done earlier).
- Optional course on ethics in organizations (if not done earlier).
- Advising on career opportunities, organizations, and institutions relevant to the student’s abilities and research.
- Presentation of research to a professional audience.
- Ph.D. Credits and Requirements
Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs (10.0 credits) 1. 3.0 credits in: 3.0EPAF 5500 [0.5] PracticumEPAF 6000 [0.5] Ethical Concerns in Public AffairsEPAF 6100 [1.0] Public Reason IEPAF 6200 [1.0] Public Reason II 2. Proficiency in a social science research methodology, as evidenced by successful completion of an approved graduate-level methods course (0.5 credit) either at Carleton University or another university. (May be satisfied on or after admission). 3. 1.0 credit in: 1.0EPAF 6600 [0.5] Theory ExaminationEPAF 6700 [0.5] Area Examination 4. 1.0 credit in approved electives at the graduate level (which may include a methods course) 1.0 5. Public defence of a written dissertation proposal, preceded by its formal acceptance by the supervisory committee 6. Submission and successful defence of a thesis proposal 7. 5.0 credits in: 5.0EPAF 6909 [5.0] Ph.D. Thesis 8. Public defence of the dissertation 9. Presentation of research findings to a professional audience Total Credits 10.0
Graduate Diploma in Ethics and Public Affairs
- Diploma: How it works
The diploma programs can be completed within one year full-time or two years part-time:
- In the first two terms, core seminars EPAF 6100 and 6200 explore the nature and requirements of public reason, in application to policy issues in national and global contexts.
- The program can be completed by two of the following: supervised research tutorial; practicum; ethics in organizations; or another approved course.
- Diploma Credits and Requirements
Requirements: 1. 2.5 credits in: 2.5EPAF 5000 [0.5] Topics in Ethics and Public AffairsEPAF 6100 [1.0] Public Reason IEPAF 6200 [1.0] Public Reason II 2. 0.5 credit in electives from: 0.5EPAF 5100 [0.5] Supervised Research TutorialEPAF 5200 [0.5] Ethics in OrganizationsEPAF 5300 [0.5] Values-based DeliberationEPAF 5500 [0.5] Practicum– or another course approved by the Program Director. Total Credits 3.0