Philosophy, Ethics and Public Affairs
Philosophy, Ethics and Public Affairs
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

This minor aims to offer students the opportunity to explore to a brief but substantial degree, the areas of philosophy and ethics, to gain familiarity with their aims and methods, to develop facility in engaging in the areas, and to learn how to analyze public affairs from philosophical and ethical perspectives.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to:

  1. Give a brief account of philosophy as an intellectual discipline and explain the major features of the method of philosophical analysis, particularly in regard to ethics.
  2. Articulate and explain some of the central issues and questions arising from philosophical reflections on applied ethical problems and controversial issues of public affairs, and show how ethical theory can help sort out, make clear, and in many cases resolve difficulties. 
  3. Explain how an understanding of the greater natural world inevitably is part of the project of ethical reflection. Show how an understanding of human evolution and psychology has shaped and informed our orientation, values and social ethics.
  4. Enumerate major schools and traditions of philosophic ethics in both the West and the East and explain their different foundational assumptions and approaches to problems concerning human values, the meaning of life, the nature of human existence, and controversial issues in social life.
  5. Develop an open mind, moral sensibility, and multiple points of view and construct philosophical arguments based on critical thinking, rational argument, and fair judgment. Assume greater individual and social responsibility and develop a capacity for lifelong learning

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester A 2021/22

Students are required to take at least one course in each of the following areas:

1. Philosophy and Ethics

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
POL2402Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy3
POL2915Introduction to Philosophy3
POL3405Philosophy of Life3
POL3406Globalization and Morality in Everyday Life: New Developments in Asian Film3
POL3408Ethics and Practice3
POL3411Feminisms and Family Ethics3
POL3600Independent Studies for Public Policy and Politics3

2. Ethical Analysis of Public Affairs
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
POL3204Ethics and Public Policy3
POL3206Environmental Issues, Policy and Ethics3
POL3207Health Care Policy and Ethics3
POL3315Ethics in Government3
POL3409Ethical Issues in Social Science Research3
POL3410Management Ethics3
POL3600Independent Studies for Public Policy and Politics3

Additional Information

Not all the electives in this Minor will be offered each year.  It is the responsibility of students to ensure that there is no overlap of courses between their Major and this Minor if they wish to declare this minor.