Trinity One Ethics Stream

A BROAD INTRODUCTION

The Ethics stream introduces and examines some of the most challenging and urgent moral issues of our time. The goal of the stream is to allow students to become more deeply aware of the assumptions about right and wrong that undergird public debate and personal experience.

The stream has a deeply interdisciplinary approach to examining ethical questions. With this broad base students are better able to navigate the complexities of ethical issues. This provides a solid foundation for further specialization in the study of ethics, be that in medicine, law, politics, economics, or other related fields.

The University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics located at Trinity College offers access to seminars, speaker series, conferences, symposia, and roundtables. The Centre for Ethics is an important hub for scholarly investigation and cross-community within the university community.

STREAM REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Ethics stream enrol in two Trinity One semianr credits in their first year.

TRN170Y1 Ethics and the Creative Imagination

What is public policy? Is there such a thing as the public good? This seminar course examines the notion of the “public” through investigating possible answers to a central political question: what is the purpose of government? Drawing on readings in philosophy and political theory, the course considers a variety of approaches to interpreting the nature of the public good and asks how policy makers should respond when competing goods (e.g., freedom and security) clash with each other. The course involves discussion of contemporary issues in public policy.

TRN171Y1 Ethics and the Public Sphere 

What does it mean to be morally required to do something? What rights do we have over ourselves, our bodies, our privacy, our choices? In this course, we will read texts from philosophy, history, political science, cultural studies and beyond that engage with the theme of ethics in the public arena. These will provide valuable analytic tools as we go on to confront contemporary issues that raise urgent ethical questions.

AFTER TRINITY ONE’S ETHICS STREAM

The University of Toronto’s Ethics, Society, and Law (ES&L) undergraduate major program, hosted by Trinity College, is one possible destination for students of the Ethics stream. Students who do well in Trinity One Ethics are given special consideration when they request the ES&L major (at the end of first year).

Students interested in the public dimension of ethical questions often continue their studies at The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) at the University of Toronto, which offers both an undergraduate Major, and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree.

Students interested in continuing to think practically and theoretically about ethical questions often major in Philosophy. Students interested in delving deeper into the literary aspects of the Ethics stream seek out majors in the English and Classics departments.