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Ethics, Justice and Law

Students obtaining a certificate in Ethics, Justice and Law will be proficient in the fundamentals of ethical theory, understanding classical theories and their foundational commitments, standard critical responses to them, and the relevance of these theories to contemporary debates.

This program allows students to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, which is a qualification that recognizes a focus of study in a specific area, requiring 15 to 30 credit units of university-level courses. A student may earn a certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or may earn a certificate after having received a degree from the University of Saskatchewan or another institution.


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What is the Ethics, Justice and Law Certificate?

The certificate in Ethics, Justice and Law provides students who do not wish to get a degree in philosophy, but nonetheless wish to make a substantive commitment to its study, with a path to completion of concentrated study in value theory. It also enables students with strong interests in philosophy but who wish to pursue degrees in fields such as Law, Medicine, Business, Education, or Journalism to receive a formal acknowledgement of their success in this widely acknowledged and accepted area of study. 

Ethics, Justice and Law: Is it for You?

  • If you are interested in the fundamentals of ethical theory and its relevance to contemporary debates, the certificate in Ethics, Justice and Law may be for you.
  • If you want formal acknowledgement your success in a concentrated study in value theory, the certificate in Ethics, Justice and Law may be for you.

Sample Classes

  • PHIL 231: Moral Problems
    This course examines a variety of moral issues, such as human sexuality, abortion, euthanasia, war and revolution, environmental ethics and animal rights, and prejudice and discrimination.
  • PHIL 237: Law and Morality
    An introduction to philosophical issues regarding law and its relation to morality. Issues to be explored concern the nature and validity of law and the law's proper limits in relation to topics such as freedom of expression, pornography, the definition of family and marriage, civil disobedience, abortion and capital punishment.
  • PHIL 262: Social and Political Philosophy
    An examination of philosophical theories of political organization. Such issues as justice and power, rights, freedom and the public good will be discussed.

Career Opportunities

  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Business administration
  • Other fields involving social policy issues.

Skill Sets Gained

  • Proficiency in the fundamentals of ethical theory
  • Understanding of classical theories and their foundational commitments, and standard critical responses to them
  • Ability to apply ethical theory to contemporary debates
  • Practical skills as critical moral thinkers

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