New Graduate Programs

New Graduate Programs

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs continues to launch innovative new graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral level. To see the unofficial Graduate Calendar information for the program in which you are interested, select the appropriate program below.

You can also visit our website to see our complete program listing and the official Graduate Calendar.

Please note: Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance has approved the program.

Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs

About the Program

This interdisciplinary program of 10.0 credits combines methodologies of social science with analytical ethics and political philosophy, applied to particular public issues. Any issue can be the topic of dissertation research, provided that expertise is available to provide guidance in both the relevant ethics and political philosophy research and the relevant social science research.

The Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs program was approved by Senate on January 30, 2015. The university has submitted the programs to the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance for approval. A decision is pending.

Program Requirements

  1. 3.0 credits in:
    • EPAF 5500 Practicum (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 6000 Ethical Concerns in Public Affairs (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 6100 Public Reason I (1.0 cr)
    • EPAF 6200 Public Reason II (1.0 cr)
  2. Proficiency in a social science research methodology, as evidenced by successful completion of an approved graduate-level methods course (0.5 cr) either at Carleton or at another university. (May be satisfied on or after admission.)
  3. 1.0 credit in: 
    • EPAF 6600 Theory Examination (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 6700 Area Examination (0.5 cr)
  4. 1.0 credits in approved electives at the graduate level (which may include a methods course).
    • Public defence of a written dissertation proposal, preceded by its formal acceptance by the supervisory committee.
    • Submission and successful defence of a thesis proposal.
  5. 5.0 credits in: EPAF 6909 Ph.D. Thesis [5.0 cr]
    • Public defence of the dissertation.
    • Presentation of research findings to a professional audience.

Graduate Diplomas in Ethics and Public Affairs

About the Program

This interdisciplinary program of 3.0 credits combines methodologies of social science with analytical ethics and political philosophy, applied to particular public issues.

The Graduate Diplomas in Ethics and Public Affairs were approved by Senate on January 30, 2015. The university has submitted the programs to the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance for approval. A decision is pending.

Program Requirements

  1. 2.5 credits in:
    • EPAF 5000 Topics in Ethics and Public Affairs (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 6100 Public Reason I (1.0 cr)
    • EPAF 6200 Public Reason II (1.0 cr)
  2. 0.5 credit in electives, such as:
    • EPAF 5100 Supervised Research Tutorial (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 5200 Ethics in Organizations (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 5300 Values-based Deliberation (0.5 cr)
    • EPAF 5500 Practicum (0.5 cr)
    • Or another course approved by the Program Director

Calendar Course Descriptions

EPAF 5000 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Ethics and Public Affairs
Students prepare for and attend a series of guest lectures, submitting in writing a critical analysis of some aspect of the presentation or discussion for each lecture they attend.

EPAF 5100 [0.5 credit]
Supervised Research Tutorial
On a particular public issue, students identify ethical concerns and a range of evidence-based and values-based arguments for alternative policy options, assessing the comparative strength of those arguments.
Prerequisite: EPAF 6100 Public Reason I

EPAF 5200 [0.5 credit]
Ethics in Organizations
A seminar on proactive approaches to ethical issues in organizations including design and implementation of ethics programs based on research in ethics and social science.

EPAF 5300 [0.5 credit]
Values-based Deliberation
A seminar exploring examples of civic and government dialogues on public issues, in light of theoretical foundations of deliberative dialogue.

EPAF 5500 [0.5 credit]
P
racticum
Students gain experience doing ethics-related work in government, business, civil society, or consulting. Students report on their work as required, and their performance is graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory. 

EPAF 6000 [0.5 credit]
Ethical Concerns in Public Affairs
A tutorial in which students identify the range of ethical concerns raised by a particular public issue chosen by the student.
Prerequisite: registration in the EPAF Ph.D. program.

EPAF 6100 [1.0 credit]
Public Reason I
A seminar on the nature and limits of public reason, with application to a particular public issue chosen by the instructors. Normative concepts and theories of ethics and political philosophy will be studied as relevant to that issue.

EPAF 6200 [1.0 credit]
Public Reason II
A seminar continuing from Public Reason I, with application to a different public issue, which makes relevant a different set of normative concepts and theories of ethics and political philosophy.
Prerequisite: EPAF 6100 Public Reason I

EPAF 6600 [0.5 credit]
Theory Examination
Ph.D. preparation for an examination on main works and approaches in ethics and political philosophy. The grade to be awarded will be that obtained on the examination.

EPAF 6700 [0.5 credit]
Area Examination
Ph.D. preparation for an examination on social science literature concerning the public issue on which the student wishes to conduct dissertation research. The grade to be awarded will be that obtained on the examination.

EPAF 6909 [5.0 credits]
Ph.D. Thesis

Admission Requirements

Ph.D. Ethics and Public Affairs
The normal requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is either (1) a master’s degree in a relevant field, and an A average in relevant honours or graduate courses both in (a) analytical ethics or political philosophy and in (b) social science or interdisciplinary studies including social science; or (2) a master’s degree in a relevant field, and successful performance in an EPAF Diploma program with an A average.

Students may receive up to 3.0 credits in advanced standing in the Ph.D. program for courses completed in the EPAF Diploma with an A average.

Master’s Diplomas in Ethics and Public Affairs
The normal requirement for admission to the Diploma programs is an average of A- or above in honours or graduate courses, with evidence of proficiency (at those levels) both in (a) analytical ethics or political philosophy and in (b) social science or interdisciplinary studies including social science.