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Doctoral Programme in Ethics and Democracy

Programme code: 3124

Regulations: RD 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Arts and humanities

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Organised by:Faculty of Philosophy and Education Sciences

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participant Universities:Universitat de València Estudi General,Universitat Jaume I de Castelló

Programme coordinator:Dr Juan Carlos Siurana Aparisi

1st year available places: 8 places

Aims: This Doctoral Studies Programme in Ethics and Democracy is based on the general objective of training people in Moral and Political Philosophy and applied ethics, with an advanced knowledge of the currently opened academic and research lines: Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Moral and Political Philosophy Classics, Theories of Democracy, Theories of Citizenship, Applied Ethics, Civics, Bioethics, Economic and Corporative Ethics, Mass Media Ethics, Science and Technology. The doctoral studies shall, at minimum, guarantee the acquisition by the doctoral students of the basic competencies which are in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, specifically: systematic understanding of a field of study of legal sciences, and mastery of its skills and methods of research; ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adapt a substantial process of research and creation; ability to make a critical and assessment analysis, and synthesis of new and complex ideas, as well as communication with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their fields of knowledge; and and ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advance in a knowledge-based society.

Description: The present programme proposal comes from the Doctoral Programme “Ethics and Democracy” which included research lines held by different professors within the Department of Moral and Political Legal Philosophy since 1,987. This programme, existing since the 2000-2001 academic year, became inter-university between the Universitat de València and the Universitat Jaume I from Castellón. Within its trajectory, the programme has obtained very good results for being attractive to Third-Cycle students, as shown by the number of students enrolled in it, the defended doctoral theses and the numerous publications by graduate students; strictly related to their doctoral theses as well as the academic level reached by many of them and their incorporation to labour life with academic responsibility. In the last five academic courses, a total number of 70 students enrolled in it (24 in 2007/08, 28 in 2008/09, 1 in 2009/10, 10 in 2010/11 and 7 in 2011/12) and a total of 26 doctoral thesis have been defended . This trajectory has allowd for the Doctoral Programme to obtain a Quality Award by the Ministry of Education and Science in a continuous way since the 2004-2005 academic year and, since 2011/12 until 2013/14, Award for Excellence by the Ministry of Education. "Every student (both part-time and full-time students) must complete a minimum of 200 hours in training activities"

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