Applied Ethics and Practical Philosophy Certificate

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The Applied Ethics and Practical Philosophy Certificate Program seeks to nurture the application of ethical and philosophical ideas toward concerns in social, political, economic and cultural life. The chief goal of the program is to offer practically oriented, but philosophically based, expertise in ethics and normative theory.

The program will also provide Eastern Washington University students with the cultural understanding, ethical decision-making and critical thinking skills necessary for addressing the dilemmas faced by present and future professionals, policy makers and citizens in general. It is designed to ensure that its recipients have a command of the basic theories of moral philosophy as well as a specialized knowledge of their applications in many areas of public life, including medicine, government, law, public policy, business and education. Consequently, the curriculum includes both core courses essential to a solid foundation in moral thought and specialized courses in practical philosophy and applied ethics.

The certificate will serve as a valuable credential to professionals who require a general understanding of the area, e.g. those who serve on ethics committees or compliance boards and those who seek advanced ethics training to meet licensure demands.

Required Courses
Choose one of the following:5
Note: students who are completing a minor in Philosophy as well as a Applied Ethics and Practical Philosophy Certificate may only count one course for each.
INTRODUCTORY ETHICS
MORAL ISSUES IN AMERICA
Choose two of the following:10
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
WOMEN AND ETHICS
BIOMEDICAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
DIRECTED STUDY
Elective Courses
Choose three of the following:10-15
ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION
ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION
ECONOMICS OF POVERTY AND DISCRIMINATION
BUSINESS LAW
LAW AND ETHICS FOR ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS
PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING
PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING
COMMUNICATIVE REASONING
COMMUNICATION LAW AND ETHICS
ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
ENGINEERING ETHICS, CONTRACTS AND PATENTS
EQUITY AND EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE
EMOTION AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
IDENTITY AND POWER
WOMEN AND SOCIAL CHANGE
WOMEN AND SOCIAL CHANGE
HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS
HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Total Credits25-30

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate understanding of, and be able to apply fundamental theories in ethics, including but not limited to deontology, utilitarianism, virtue and care perspectives, feminist ethics and pragmatism;
  • analyze connections between ethics and law, culture, the environment, history and public policy;
  • refine and improve their own ethical perspectives in dialogue and critical writing.