This course will focus on analyzing the ethical issues facing public employees, officials, and leaders, and on the organizational, legal, political, and moral perspectives on ethical dilemmas. (3 credits)
- PUB 101: Public Administration
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and respond to issues of legal ethics.
- Understand and respond to issues of political ethics.
- Understand and respond to issues of personal ethics.
- Demonstrate understanding of administrative responsibility and its challenges.
- Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues for civil servants: financial disclosure, oaths, academic vs. practical ethics.
- Understand and apply tools for ethical decision-making.
- Understand the challenges of organizational ethics
- Apply ethical standards to governmental structures.
- Understand ethical issues of dissenting behavior.
- Understand comparative ethical standards from other nations.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (55 Pts, Weeks 1-3, 5-7)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Assignment and overall grading will follow the standard Charter Oak grading rubric, found in the Course Shell.
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Lewis, Carol and Stuart Gilman. Ethics Challenge in Public Service: A Problem-Solving Guide. 3rd ed. Jossey-Bass, Inc., 2012. ISBN-10: 1-118-10986-4 or ISBN-13: 978-1-118-10986-1
- O'Leary, Rosemary (2020). The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government. 3rd ed. CQ Press. ISBN-13: 9781506346359
- Rohr, John (1998). Public Service, Ethics and Constitutional Practice. University Press of Kansas. ISBN: 0-7006-0926-1
- Bell, Derrick (2002). Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth. Bloomsbury. ISBN: 1-58234-205-9
Readings and Exercises
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