PHL506 Ethics Research Dissertation (32)

The student will write a dissertation at Masters level which involves determining a topic in ethics studies, identifying a methodology, and carrying out supervised research into the topic in accordance with the methodology, reaching a conclusion which is located within a body of existing literature. The methodology may be empirical, legal, historical or theoretical.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake ethics research
  • be able to conduct a literature survey
  • be able to present a logically structured paper on the scale of a long research article


This subject will cover the following topics:

No specific topics are set. Admission to this subject requires the submission of a 100 word abstract of a proposed research topic, including an indication of the methodology involved (philosophical/empirical/doctrinal etc) and a brief list of key reading, to the Course Coordinator who will approve the proposal. Those accepted into the subject should agree upon a research outline (approximately 400-600 words) within a month. Thereafter the supervisor will make suggestions as to reading, methodology, structure, content and presentation of the research project and will provide comments on any written work provided from time to time by the student. The topic should be within the scope of ethics and legal studies.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.