Objective(s) of a study programme:
To prepare experts of ethics and auditors of ethics who are able to organize and perform the audit procedure activities, who can get involved in prevention of unethical activities and take decisions, who can manage complicated processes and situations related to the knowledge, understanding and application of standards of ethics in public and private sectors.
1. Knowledge, application of knowledge
A1 Fundamental knowledge and understanding on the evolution of the conception of ethics, the standards of professional ethics in Lithuania and the EU, professional ethics codes and methodology of the audit of ethics.
A2 The ability to describe problems of ethics and find the ways of solution in complicated and uncertain situations and multidisciplinary contexts as well as the ability to analyze and apply fundamental knowledge in practical activity situations, to reach decisions in complicated ethical situations, provide expert assessment.
2. Ability to carry out research
B1 The ability to organize and perform the audit of ethics in public and private sector with the use of inovative methodology and tools.
B2 The ability to professionally assess information and carry out fundamental scientific and applied research in the area of issues related to ethics, the ability to participate in the activities of research projects.
3. Special skills
C1 The ability to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge, describe multiple working issues, initiate new ideas, manage the processes of planning, performing and implementation, which depend on the specificity of audit procedures.
C2 The ability to identify reasonable ethical solutions on the basis of the most outgoing ethical issues, standards and methodology, the ability to formulate strategic goals and strategy implementation programs, the ability to realize the functions of strategy design groups, program coordinators and executors and the ability to conduct the control process of implementation, assessment of efectiveness and prevention of the recommendations given by the audit of ethics.
4. Social skills
D1 The ability to communicate in the social environment, to design training of ethics programs for public and private sector employees, to deliver seminars, supervise and participate in working groups with the goal to maintain activity effectiveness.
D2 The ability to provide information related to ethical discourse and applies innovative methods and technologies.
D3 The ability to solve ethical dilemmas creatively and to take ethical decisions employing acquired analytical skills and with the help of morale norms and principles.
5. Personal skills
E1 The ability to develop the competence of learning to learn, i.e. the ability to individually plan the learning process, choose the direction of improvement and individual education.
E2 Develop the competences of ethical attitude and ethical sensitiveness which are necessary to establish the image of the expert of professional ethics and the auditor of ethics as a moral leader of the society.
Activities of teaching and learning:
1. Receptive methods: academic lecture, didactic conversation, demonstration of pictures, slides, films, use of literature sources, teaching materials.
2. Productive methods: oral and written presentations, verification conversation (questioning, colloquium, credit test, exam) based on the tasks, help to receive the feedback.
3. Exercises completed at seminars: contextual exercises (giving comments, explanations), creativity exercises (raising scientific problem and hypotheses, verification and proof) based on mutual work of a teacher and a student.
4. Heuristic methods: heuristic conversation, discussion, logical proof, brainstorming, information search make a student to actively participate in discussions, share experience, develop critical thinking.
5. Research methods: work with scientific literature, research results (presentation, summary, etc.) develop the ability of a student to carry out scientific research individually.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Assessment methods employed are: monitoring, interactive tests, oral questioner, work during seminars, analysis of literature and scientific sources, assessment of an essay on a chosen topic, assessment of research results (presentation, abstract), assessment of research and creative work, open discussion of project results, team work, colloquium, exam. Each course unit has its own assessment criteria which are related to study goals.
Assessment of students is based on ten-point system and the system of the accumulative grade. The assessment of individual work of a student during the term is a constituent part of the final grade. Individual work tasks, the system and time of their assessment are presented in course unit description cards. Mid-term assessment, individual tasks (essays, abstracts, colloquiums, tests, creativity tasks) during the term is separately graded. During the final exam the final mark is given.
The study program ends with presentation of Master’s degree thesis and open defence of the thesis during which the competences of a student are assessed.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The program consists of 90 ECTS credits: 60 ECTS credits cover 9 course units in a study field (54 ECTS credits) and scientific research work (6 ECTS credits). Work on the Master’s degree thesis and the open defence of the paper cover 30 ECTS credits.
Term 1. The students study the following subjects: Aristotle’s Practical Philosophy, Ombudsman institution: the relation of Law and Ethics, Contemporary Christian Ethics, Psychological Methods of Knowing a Person. Alternatives: Business Ethics, Philosophy of Culture, Sports ethics.
Term 2. Health Policy and Ethics, The Simulation Process and New Media Ethics, Ethics of Utilitarianism, Research work (project of Code of Ethics). Alternatives: Organizational Culture Development, Environmental Impact Assessment, Coastal Ecology.
While doing the research work students have to learn to assess ethical and legal responsibilities in the fields of ethics regulations and to develop skills to draw up the codes of ethics. Research work has to show the theoretical and practical knowledge of a student in preparation of a Master’s degree thesis.
Master’s Degree in Philosophy
Students can choose 2 alternative subjects (1 subject each term) out of 6 subjects provided. Term 1 - Business Ethics, Philosophy of Culture, Sports ethics. Term 2 - Organizational Culture Development, Environmental Impact Assessment, Coastal Ecology.
Distinctive features of a study programme: