Ethics Certificate

University of New Brunswick


Program Objectives

The primary objective of the Certificate is to respond to the needs of full-time and part-time students at UNB who are interested in developing and demonstrating competency in theoretical and applied ethics.  The Certificate provides students with the opportunity to gain a university-level credential in Ethics that they can transfer to their jobs, their volunteer life, their professions, etc.

This certificate is the only one of its kind in the Province of New Brunswick.


Program Structure 

The Department of Philosophy is responsible for the academic oversight of the certificate, including the following:  admission, program advising, transfer credit review, curriculum changes, and graduation.

The Certificate is built on the existing academic structure of the Department of Philosophy, but is interdisciplinary in nature and will include courses that are offered by multiple departments across UNB.

The Certificate is comprised of eighteen (18) credit hours and offered in the following four areas of concentration:  Ethical Theory, Health Ethics, Business Ethics, and Environmental Ethics.

The expected number of learners (including full and part-time students), for this program will be approximately ten per academic year, with the first intake expected in September 2010.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Certificate program would require the student's admission into an existing undergraduate program at UNB, or the completion of a secondary school education for those students who choose to take the certificate as a stand-alone.


Required Courses

The Certificate will require the successful completion (with a grade of B- or higher) of six (6) courses, totalling eighteen credit hours, which shall include the following  

     A.  Three (3) core courses, including  

            i.  PHIL 1101 Critical Thinking,

            ii. A 2000 or 3000 level course in Ethical Theory (e.g. PHIL 2201 or 3361)

            iii. A breadth requirement drawn from a Certificate area of concentration in applied ethics that is NOT

               being pursued by the student,

    B. Three (3) elective courses in the student's area of concentration, including one (1) 3000-level course.  

        (Philosophy majors cannot take more than one (1) elective course from their home department).

        For a list of possible courses see Appendix A.

        The coursework shall be approved by the Department of Philosophy.

To be awarded the Certificate, a minimum of nine (9) hours must be completed at UNB. Subject to approval by the Dean of Arts, a maximum of nine (9) credit hours (or the equivalent) of comparable coursework may be transferred from another recognized post-secondary institution.  Credit will not normally be awarded for those courses completed more than five years prior to student's return to university study, in accordance with the norms already in place by the Registrar's office .


Appendix A 

Possible Courses as of Fall 2009: (New courses can be added as they become available, in consultation with the Departments offering those courses)

ADM   3875            Labour Relations 

ANTH  4024           Anthropology and Ethics

ECON 3202            Introduction to Public Finance

ENGG  4013           Law and Ethics for Engineers

ENR    1001           Resource Management Issues, Ethics and Communication I

ENR    1002           Resource Management Issues, Ethics and Communication II

ENR    2021           Natural Resource Management, Institutions, Policy and Government

ENVS 2023            Understanding Environmental Issues

FOR   2933            Bioethics in Forestry

FOR   2946            Bioethics, Emotional Intelligence and the Nature of Spirituality

KIN   3093            Introduction to the Ethics of Sport & Recreation

KIN   4093            Seminar on Health Care Ethics

KIN   4192            Professionalism and Ethics in the Research Environment

NURS 3834           Reflective Ethical Practice

NURS 4118           Professional Ethics

PHIL 1201            Ethics of Life and Death

PHIL 2201            Introduction to Ethical Classics 

PHIL 2203            Business Ethics

PHIL 2206            Environmental Ethics

PHIL 3203            Health Care Ethics

PHIL 3221            Selected Topics in Ethical Theory

PHIL 3241            Selected Topics in Environmental Philosophy

PHIL 3251            Advanced Business Ethics

PHIL 3361            Ethics and the Good Life

POLS 1403            Contemporary Political Ideas & Ideologies

POLS 1503            Law, Power & Politics

POLS 1603            Politics of Globalization

POLS 2503            Women & Politics

POLS 3103            Right in Conflict in North America

POLS 3715            Critique of Alienation in Social & Political Thought

POLS 3415            Liberalism

POLS 3433            Late Modern Political Thought

POLS 3441            Women Political Thinkers

POLS 3443            Feminist Issues in Political Thought

POLS 3463            Eros & Leadership

SOC 3004             Theoretical Foundations of Sociology

SOC 4623             Human Rights

SOC 2365             Sociology of Death and Dying

SOC 4273             Disability and Social Policy

SOC 3623             White Collar Crime

SOC 3371             The Institution of Health Care

SOC 3553             Sociology and the Environment

SOC 4513             Inequality and Social Justice

SOC 3636             Restorative Justice

SOC 3635             Conflict Resolution