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Program in Public Ethics

Dean Fr. Jacquineau Azétsop, SJ

Dettail of the sculture 'Phoenix' in Inge-Beisheim-Platz, Berlin, of Gidon Graetz

Being a Christian in the world

2016-2017 Program in Public Ethics

The M.A. (Licentiate) Program in Public Ethics at the Faculty of Social Sciences offers to students a solid foundation in ethics, preparing them for addressing issues of public ethics both in regard to basic social institutions and in regard to emergent and urgent global issues.

In understanding ethical issues, we start from a sociological and economic analysis, applying the interpretative method characteristic of the Social doctrine of the Church: observe-judge/ evaluate-act (Paul VI, Octogesima adveniens, No. 4).

The issue of ethics in public life is emerging as a crucial problem, particularly when we take into consideration the growing confusion at all levels of institutional life, the crisis related to the exercise of responsibility, the uncertainty about the goals of institutions, the recurring damage to human persons and the denial of common good.

Pronounced deficiencies can be observed from the anthropological and ethical point of view: the awareness of the self, of the relationship with others as well as institutions has been weakened by application of theoretical frameworks that often are inconsistent.

The program in Public ethics aims at preparing leaders of institutions and communities: professors, pastoral workers, persons in positions of responsibility in public sector - for responding to emerging ethical challenges in the life of institutions and communities.

Duration

The duration of the program is two years. Prerequisite is a B.A. (Bachelor's degree) in Social Sciences or an equivalent academic degree. In certain cases, at the discretion of the Dean, the candidate may be required to recoup certain courses from the B.A. program. In such cases, the program lasts three years.

Description of the program

The M.A. (Licentiate) in Public Ethics is a 120 ECTS program. All courses are obligatory.

Introduction to public ethics

Areas of social life

1. FAMILY

  • Ethics of family and women's issues
  • Sociology of family
  • Welfare models

2. EDUCATION AND CULTURE

  • Ethics of culture
  • Philosophy of culture
  • Sociology of culture and education

3. POLITICS AND THEORY OF THE STATE

  • Ethics of politics
  • Political science
  • Political philosophy

4. ECONOMY

  • Ethics of economy
  • Sociology of economy
  • Politics of economy

5. RELIGION

  • Ethics and Church-State relationship
  • Sociology of religion
  • Europe, the West, new evangelization, relationships between Churches

Special issues

6. LABOR

  • Ethics and theology of work

7. ENVIRONMENT

  • Ethics of environment
  • Sustainable development in the light of science

8. MASS MEDIA

  • Media ethics
  • Sociology of mass media

9. PUBLIC POLICY

  • Ethics of subsidiarity
  • Public policy analysis

10. MIGRATION AND INTERCULTURALISM

  • Intercultural communication
  • Sociology of migration