For purposes of meeting certificate requirements, all nine-credit general education (foundation) courses will count as six credits.
York University students may earn a General Certificate in Practical Ethics concurrent with fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Practical ethics is an exciting new area of multidisciplinary study and research which provides the opportunity to apply ethical concepts and principles to contemporary social issues. The courses offered as part of the General Certificate in Practical Ethics enable students to address questions of applied ethics and public policy in the fields of anthropology, economics, environmental studies, humanities, philosophy, political science, social science and sociology.
Graduating with a certificate: except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar’s Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the Academic Standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.
To qualify for the General Certificate in Practical Ethics, students must complete 24 credits and the cumulative grade point average on these 24 credits must be at least 5.00 (C+). Course requirements for the General Certificate in Practical Ethics are as follows:
and 18 additional credits from the Practical Ethics Certificate list of courses, of which, at least six credits must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level. These 18 credits must be chosen so as to ensure a focus.
A maximum of six credits may be taken at the 1000 level. Twelve of the 24 credits must be taken outside the Department of Philosophy.
Students must register for the certificate and written approval of a member of the advisory group for the certificate must be obtained. Such approval is conditional on the student submitting an acceptable written justification of their intended course selection. Equivalent courses must be approved by the coordinator. Students must indicate their intention to pursue the certificate by completing an enrolment form available from the Department of Philosophy.
Practical Ethics Certificate Courses
Not all of the courses listed below will necessarily be offered in any given year.