Rationale for the Course: Ethics is a fundamentallyimportant aspect of personal and social life. Human beings are endowed with the ability to make practical judgements and decisions concerning realities which transcend the natural or factual order of existence. Such decisions are based on various factors such as inclination, education, insight, convention, influence, conviction and argumentation. The academic field of ethics has traditionally been hosted by the larger discipline of Philosophy, especially in higher educational institutions. However, ethics—especially applied ethics—has gained prominence in various professional fields such as health care, business, law, scientific research and public policy. The course is designed to facilitate knowledge in boththeoretical and practical aspect of ethics.

Department: Inter-Religious Studies [DIRS]


Conceived and Designed by Dr. Keith D’Souza & Dr. Conrad Pesso


Coordinator: Ms. Shilpa Chheda [Heras Institute], assisted by a DIRS student team.


Participants: Xavier’s students, non-Xavier’s students, professionals, general public and (retired) senior citizens [from all over the country and beyond]


Duration: August to September and November to January [Weekly four contact hours – Monday and Thursday, from 5.00 to7.00 p.m.]


Contact hours: 64 contact hours for the Diploma


Eligibility: Higher Secondary School Certificate; good knowledge of English (as some reference material will require good language comprehension)

Fee Structure:

a. For the Diploma Course (64 contact hours)

For Indian participants:

    1. Xavier’s students: 5,000/-
    2. Other students:5,000/- plus GST
    3. General Public/Professionals:10,000/- plus GST
    4. Retired Senior Citizens/Those only auditing the course: 5,000/- plus GST

b. For foreign participants: 800 euros / 960 dollars

        Modules and Units:




        Module One: Philosophical and Religious Ethics

        Unit One (8contact hours): Philosophical Ethics


        Unit Two(8contact hours):Religious Ethics


        Module Two: Social and Cultural Ethics

        Unit Three (8contact hours):Social Ethics


        Unit Four (8contact hours):Cultural Ethics


        Part Two: APPLIED ETHICS


        Module One: Ethics of Science and Bioethics

        Unit One (8contact hours):Ethics of Science and Technology


        Unit Two (8contact hours):Bioethics


        Module Two: Legal, Political and Economic Ethics

        Unit One (8contact hours):Legal Ethics


        Unit Two (8contact hours):Political and Economic Ethics