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Applied and Professional Ethics PGDip

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Part time | University of Leeds | 24 months | SEP-22

Study mode

Part time

Duration

24 months

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Ethics

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

Explore the ethical issues raised by different professional contexts, and discover how ethical principles can be applied to help us navigate our increasingly complex working environments.

This online distance learning course allows to you examine current issues, debates, and theories around the application of ethics in professional settings.

Using a blend of theory and real-life case studies, you’ll gain a critical understanding of issues such as trust, integrity, privacy, consent and professional responsibility.

Throughout, you’ll benefit from teaching that blends insights from industry professionals with the latest in ethical research. With the expert guidance of your tutors, you’ll use the theoretical understanding you gain to respond to social, technological, and political developments as they occur.

Our diverse community includes people from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds. Whether you’re looking for career progression, a change of direction, or knowledge of a new subject area, you’ll receive all the support you need to succeed.

This course is taught through distance learning and can also be studied at MA level. Both of these options are available both full time and part time.

Learning and teaching

This course is taught entirely online, so there are no lectures or seminars. You won’t have to attend Leeds at any point during the course, although if you can travel there may be chances to meet other students.

Instead, you’ll used specially designed interactive teaching materials and participate in structured collaborative activities. You’ll contribute to discussion groups in our Virtual Learning Environment, so you can share experiences and perspectives with students from different backgrounds worldwide.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

Because you study online, you won’t have to take any exams during the course. Instead, you'll usually be assessed through essays and coursework assignments.

You’ll receive support from our tutors and you'll be able to discuss your work with them before you submit it. Group projects, presentations and regular contributions to discussion forums may also be used to assess your progress in some modules.

Career opportunities

Studying applied ethics will allow you to develop transferable skills in research, critical thinking and communication. It will also give you more confidence to handle situations with ethical implications in the workplace.

All of this is good preparation for a range of careers, while it could also benefit you in your current role. In particular, this course gives you scope to develop your career in growing areas such as compliance and corporate social responsibility.

Modules

The module will examine the concepts involved in attributing virtues (honesty, courage, tact, sensitivity, generosity, and the like) and vices (dishonesty, selfishness, cowardice, etc) to people, distinguishing various types of virtue and vice, and how these are appropriately applied; the kind of reasoning and motivation that is involved in acting well in response to ethically-relevant considerations of various kinds (eg self-interest, duty, the claims of others); the practices of praise, blame, punishment and reward, and various ways in which these practices can be justified - and their relation to (professional) responsibility; the application of these practices of 'people assessment' to practical issues such as pay, remuneration and reward, corporate culture, hiring and firing, whistleblowing, punishment and disciplinary practice; responsibility and leadership.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

6,500

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

6,500

Entry requirements

Academic or professional experience in a relevant field. We look for your willingness and ability to think clearly and independently, as well as good writing skills, a basic understanding of philosophical ethics and any relevant experiences of ethical issues in practice.

Department profile

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