Taught course

Global Ethics and Human Values

Institution
King's College London · Dickson Poon School of Law
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Ordinarily, applicants will have a first degree of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline, such as philosophy, politics, law, economics, history, or social science; or a relevant professional qualification and experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Global Ethics and Human Values programme will encourage and develop your thinking about the complex theoretical and practical issues confronting the world, and equip you with the analytical skills to address those issues with philosophical rigour. It draws extensively on branches of philosophy, politics and international relations and will introduce you to a wide range of ideas, concepts and problems within those areas.

You will examine theoretical perspectives within ethics, such as deontology, consequentialism and virtue, and explore how these perspectives can be used to understand important and emotive issues such as religious and political conflict, nationalism, abortion, sexual perversion. You will also study the works and insights of major political philosophers to consider how concepts such as liberty or equality have been interpreted to shape the world we live in.

Our course is equally suited for students with a background in philosophy, politics, economics, history or social sciences, or those already working in government, international aid or NGOs, or in corporate social responsibility in the commercial sector.

You will study three compulsory modules and choose three optional modules. In the first semester, you will be exposed to a range of philosophical approaches within epistemology, ethics and political philosophy, which will be applied to relevant topics in a globalising world. In the second semester, you will be asked to apply the philosophical techniques and conceptual frameworks of the first semester to various global issues, ranging from terrorism to environmental concerns, human rights, world poverty and international justice.

In the final months of the course, you will choose a global issue of special interest to you and research it to write a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Email
law-graduateadmissions@kcl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 20 7848 2097 / 2711
Fax
+44 (0) 20 7848 7200