Graduate Specialization - Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development

Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development
Program Code:
5650 Ethics and Development
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Award Type:
Specialization Graduate - Masters
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College of Arts and Letters
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Department of Philosophy
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Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
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College of Arts and Letters

Department of Philosophy

Graduate Study
Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development

The Specialization in Ethics and Development will encourage students to become conversant with relevant philosophical theories of justice, autonomy, community, and identity in relation to their own particular disciplines. They will relate this philosophical literature and apply philosophical skills to subjects such as economic and social sustainability; racial, gender, and ethnic conflict; humanitarian intervention; and globalization. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to address collaboratively in a philosophically sophisticated manner the difficult ethical issues that arise in the course of social, economic, political, and cultural development within an increasingly inter-connected global context.

The specialization, which is administered by the Department of Philosophy, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department or school and college that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the graduate degree program. The content of some elective courses may vary. The student’s program of study must be approved by the Director of the Ethics and Development Graduate Specialization.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Ethics and Development

Master's students must complete 9 credits, and doctoral students must complete 12 credits from the courses listed below as approved by the Director of the Specialization. All students must take courses in at least two departments and at least one elective course at the 800-level.

1. Complete the following courses:
PHL 452 Ethics and Development 3
2. Complete at least 6 to 9  credits of electives from the following:
Department of Agricultural Economics
AEC 810 Institutional and Behavioral Economics 3
AEC 861 Agriculture in Economic Development 3
AEC 978 Research Methodologies in Agricultural and Resource Economics 3
Department of Anthropology
ANP 825 International Social Science Research: Methods and Praxis 1 to 3
ANP 831 Seminar in Cultural Ecology 3
ANP 436 Globalization and Justice: Issues in Political and Legal
Anthropology (I) 3
ANP 837 Seminar in Economic Anthropology 3
ANP 859 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change:
Methods and Application 3
Department of Forestry
FOR 450 Forestry in International Development 3
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
FW 858 Gender, Justice and Environmental Change:  Issues and Concepts 3
Department of Geography
GEO 418 The Ghetto 3
GEO 432 Environmental Ethics in Geography (W) 3
GEO 454 Spatial Aspects of Regional Development 3
GEO 813 Seminar in Urban and Economic Geography 3
GEO 850 Seminar in Regional Geography 3
GEO 854 Economics of Planning and Development 3
GEO 872 Seminar in Human Geography 3
Department of Horticulture
HRT 486 Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues 3
Department of Philosophy
PHL 440 Central Issues in Ethics 4
PHL 450 Liberal Theory and Its Critics 3
PHL 451 Philosophy and the Black Experience 3
PHL 456 Topics in Feminist Philosophy 4
PHL 485 Philosophy of Social Science 3
PHL 840 Seminar in Value Theory 2 to 4
PHL 850 Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy 2 to 4
Department of Political Science
PLS 853 Political Economy of Development Policy 3
Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
RD 826 International Development and Sustainability 3
Department of Sociology
SOC 832 International Inequality and Development 3
SOC 850 Population, Food, and Development 3
SOC 864 Social Ecology 3
SOC 868 Science and Technology 3
SOC 869 Community and Conservation 3
SOC 890 Individual Readings 1 to 9
3. Students must present a final portfolio to the Director of the Specialization and a committee of affiliated faculty, which includes summaries of relevant field work, study abroad, conference presentations, and course work including one sample of their philosophical writing on an issue in ethics and development.