Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Master of Arts in Ethics and Society

Program Curriculum

The Master's in Ethics and Society consists of a 10-course educational sequence designed to provide students with knowledge and critical thinking skills that can enhance their understanding of and participation in discourse regarding ethically-relevant contemporary social issues.

Students take foundational ethics courses in the humanities and sciences, as well as applied cross-disciplinary courses offered by the Center for Ethics Education and other departments, to provide knowledge and expertise in three areas of scholarship:

Foundations in Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology provide students with a solid foundation in philosophical and theological frameworks for ethical decision making, based on the academic rigor, faith, and commitment to justice characteristic of the Jesuit tradition.

Ethics in Social and Natural Science and Practice provide students with opportunities for practical application of ethical frameworks, and encourage critical thinking and value-driven decision making. Prepares students for advancement in a variety of professional settings and gives students a competitive advantage over other candidates for jobs and advanced study.

Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Ethics and Society provide students with an opportunity to explore ethical understandings from a wide range of academic disciplines, and engage in finding solutions to society's pressing ethical issues from numerous perspectives.

To earn the Master of Arts in Ethics and Society, students are required to take ten courses (30 credits): two required courses offered by the Center for Ethics Education, two courses in moral philosophy, two courses in theology, two courses in the social and natural sciences, and two elective courses. The courses approved for fulfilling these requirements are as follows:
Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Ethics and Society
Studentstake two cross-disciplinary courses (six credits) offered by the Center for Ethics Education: 
CEED 5050 Ethics & Society: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
CEED 6100 Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics
Students take two foundational courses in moral philosophy (six credits), one from Group A and one from Group B. Courses are offered by the Department of Philosophy and the Law School.
Group A
HSGL 0322 Natural Law: The Nature, Foundations & Content of Justice
PHIL 5003 Natural Law Ethics
Group B
PHIL 5114 Normative Ethical Theory
JUGL 10405 Topics in Legal Philosophy
PHIL 5301 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
Students take two theology courses (six credits) from the following list
Courses are offered by the Department of Theology.
THEO 5640 Introduction to Theological Ethics
THEO 6736 Christian Feminist Ethics
THEO 6740 Catholic Social Thought
THEO 6732 Ethics and Economics
THEO 6734 Beauty of Justice
THEO 7736 Bioethics
THEO 6672 Feminist Theology
THEO 6400   Theological Anthropology and Human Diversity
Students take two social science courses (six credits), one from Group A and one from Group B.  Courses are offered by various departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Group A*
PSYC 6005 Ethics in Psychology
PSYC 6290
CEED 6290
Health Disparities and Social Inequalities
Group B
SOCI 6100 Classical Social Theory
SOCI 6100 Contemporary Social Theory
BISC 7532 Conservation Law and Policy
PSYC 6510 Social Influences on Behaviors
POSC 5243 Campaign Finance and Ethics

Students take two electives (six credits). They may take either courses that appear in the list of elective courses below or core courses in addition to those taken to fulfill the core requirements. Students who wish to enroll in a course not approved for the program must first secure the permission of the director of the master’s program. Courses are offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciencs, the Graduate School of Social Service, and Law School.
Ethics and Society Electives
CEED 5900 Ethics Field Practicum Experience
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Electives
COMM 6851 Communication Ethics
PSYC 6001 Ethics in Medical and Behavioral Research and Practices
PSYC 6350  
PSYC 5600 Successful Aging: Theory, Research & Ethical Considerations
PSYC 7020 Psychology and Civil Law
THEO 6676 Sexual Ethics
SOCI 6125 An Ethics of Modern Selfhood
SOCI 6717 Crime and Punishment
SOCI 5806 Religion and Globalization
POSC 5243 Campaign Finance and Ethics
POGA 5301 Modern Political Thought
ECON 5415
Gender and Economic Development
ECON 5808
Migration, Microfinance and Poverty

Graduate School of Social Service Electives
SWGS 6050 Human Rights and Social Justice
SWGS 6109
Capacity Building with Faith Communities: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty
Law Electives (by permission only)
  Introduction to Jurisprudence
  Jurisprudence and Political Theory
  Topics in Jurisprudence
  Feminist Jurisprudence
  Jurisprudence and Human Rights
  CatholicSocial Thought & the Law Survey
  Catholic Social Thought & Economic Justice
  Catholic Perspectiveson Conflict Resolution
  Catholic Social Thought & the Law in a Pluralistic Society (in progress)
  Jewish Law
  Professional Responsibility: Ethics in Criminal Advocacy
  Professional Responsibility: Ethicsin Public Interest Law
  Professional Responsibility: Ethical Issues in Civil Litigation
  Professional Responsibility: Corporate Counsel
  Professional Responsibility in Multinational Practice
  Professional Responsibility: Lawyers and Justice
The director of the master’s program will serve as the student’s academic advisor. In order to develop a sense of identity and cohort, the program requires a first-year tutorial in which students meet with the director of the program once per month to: discuss curriculum from the students’ courses to integrate the material with the focus of the master’s program, discuss progress in the program, and discuss program and career goals.
Thetutorial will also include invited speakers from the non-profit, professional, business, and government sectors to discuss career opportunities. Through these tutorials, students will gain valuable professional development experience by contributing to the planning and implementation of the annual symposium, where they will interact with scholars, policy makers, and socialthinkers, assist in the development of speaker panels,and complete background research on relevant topics.

Second year students will also meet with the director of the master’s program at least once per semester to discussissues related to academic advising and career development.
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