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Certificate in
Ethics

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The Certificate in Ethics is designed to provide relevant, university-level education for individuals whose career paths require an ability to apply the principles of ethics in private and public sector organizations.

Individuals with knowledge of and practice in applied ethics have competencies to develop personal and organizational codes of ethics; to recognize, counsel, and train in analyzing and resolving ethical dilemmas; and to defend and monitor ethical decision making in their organizations.

Academic Coordinator: Thomas Hart, acphilosophy@ryerson.ca or 416.979.5000, ext. 6162

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses (one required course and five electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence: Electives – Group A (two selections); Electives – Group B (three selections); and COPH 200.

Required Course

COPH 200   Humanities:  Ethics Capstone Course


Electives – Group A (select two)

Business and Organizations Stream

CPHL 307   Philosophy:  Business Ethics
CPHL 444   Philosophy:  Ethics in Health Services Management


Environment Stream

CPHL 500   Philosophy:  Philosophy of the Natural Environment
CPHL 525   Philosophy:  Environmental Ethics


Ethical Theory Stream

CPHL 503   Philosophy:  Ancient and Modern Ethics
CPHL 603   Philosophy:  Modern and Contemporary Ethics


Health Stream

CPHL 302   Philosophy:  Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 444   Philosophy:  Ethics in Health Services Management
CPHL 509   Philosophy:  Bioethics


Human Rights and Administrative Justice Stream

CPHL 400   Philosophy:  Human Rights and Justice
CPHL 614   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Human Rights


Law and Jurisprudence Stream

CPHL 449   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Punishment
CPHL 612   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Law


Media and Culture Stream

CPHL 530   Philosophy:  Media Ethics


Electives – Group B (select three not previously taken in Electives – Group A)

Business and Organizations Stream

CGMS 802   Global Management:  Ethics and Regulation of Int'l Bus
CINT 905   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CLAW 525   Law:  The Law of the Marketplace
CLAW 529   Law:  Employment and Labour Law
CLAW 603   Law:  Advanced Business Law
CMHR 600   Human Resources:  Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
CMHR 640   Human Resources:  Leadership
CODG 130   Digital Geography:  Legal and Ethical Issues in GIS and Digital Data
CPHL 307   Philosophy:  Business Ethics
CPHL 444   Philosophy:  Ethics in Health Services Management


Environment Stream

CECN 502   Economics:  Economics of Energy and Natural Resources
CECN 510   Economics:  Environmental Economics
CPHL 500   Philosophy:  Philosophy of the Natural Environment
CPHL 525   Philosophy:  Environmental Ethics
CPSY 518   Psychology:  Environmental Psychology


Ethical Theory Stream

CPHL 503   Philosophy:  Ancient and Modern Ethics
CPHL 603   Philosophy:  Modern and Contemporary Ethics


Health Stream

CPHL 302   Philosophy:  Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 444   Philosophy:  Ethics in Health Services Management
CPHL 509   Philosophy:  Bioethics
CPHL 602   Philosophy:  Health Policy: Ethics and Justice
CPSY 124   Psychology:  Social Psychology
CPSY 706   Psychology:  Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
CPSY 802   Psychology:  Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 808   Psychology:  Community Psychology


Human Rights and Administrative Justice Stream

CINT 905   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CPHL 400   Philosophy:  Human Rights and Justice
CPHL 507   Philosophy:  Ethics and Disability
CPHL 614   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Human Rights
CPOG 424   Politics and Public Administration:  Human Rights and Global Politics
CPPA 125   Politics and Public Administration:  Rights, Equity and the State
CPPA 301   Politics and Public Administration:  Administrative Law
CSOC 609   Sociology:  Women and Human Rights
CSOC 705   Sociology:  Law and Justice


Law and Jurisprudence Stream

CCRM 200   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Criminal Law
CCRM 322   Criminal Justice and Criminology:  Ethics in Criminal Justice
CECN 321   Economics:  Introduction to Law and Economics
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CLAW 525   Law:  The Law of the Marketplace
CLAW 529   Law:  Employment and Labour Law
CLAW 603   Law:  Advanced Business Law
CODG 130   Digital Geography:  Legal and Ethical Issues in GIS and Digital Data
CPHL 612   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Law
CPHL 921   Philosophy:  Intellectual Property and Technology
CPPA 301   Politics and Public Administration:  Administrative Law
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CSOC 705   Sociology:  Law and Justice


Media and Culture Stream

CENG 413   English Literature:  Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
CENG 520   English Literature:  The Language of Persuasion
CENG 621   English Literature:  Women's Texts, Global Contexts
CENG 720   English Literature:  Persuasion from Plato to Present
CHST 602   History:  Propaganda!
CPHL 401   Philosophy:  Philosophy and Mass Culture
CPHL 530   Philosophy:  Media Ethics
CPHL 621   Philosophy:  Non-Western Philosophy


Note to registered certificate program students
Electives - Group B (Business and Organizations)
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Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CINT 905   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Conflict Resolution in Community Services
CLAW 122   Law:  Business Law
CMHR 600   Human Resources:  Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
CMHR 640   Human Resources:  Leadership
CPHL 302   Philosophy:  Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 307   Philosophy:  Business Ethics
CPHL 509   Philosophy:  Bioethics
CPHL 612   Philosophy:  Philosophy of Law
CPPA 125   Politics and Public Administration:  Rights, Equity and the State
CPPA 301   Politics and Public Administration:  Administrative Law
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law