4404 Public ethics and Social responsibility

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the tradition of moral philosophy and the use of moral philosophy in the study of ethical behavior in public service. This course will be a survey of contemporary perspectives on ethics and ethical behavior in government. Students will be expected to be conversant in the major ideas of moral theories and should be able to point to key differences in solutions to canonical moral problems within the theoretical frameworks presented.

Learning Objective

  • Course Objectives are:
  • 1. Examine the underlying assumptions behind the ethical responsibilities of public officials and government figures in democratic societies
  • 2. Explore key aspects of professional ethics – conflicts of interest, loyalty, duty, subordination
  • 3. Give attention to the way in which institutional arrangements and reforms promote or inhibit moral choices and anti¬corruption strategies
  • 4. Assess norms and values related to the public service



Books for this Course

  • Cooper, Terry L. 2006. The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role. 5th Edition, 2006.

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite