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PUB 210: Ethics In Public Administration

Course Description

This course will analyze the ethical issues facing public employees, officials and leaders and will focus on the organizational, legal, political and moral perspectives of ethical dilemmas.

Recommended Prerequisite

  • PUB 101: Public Administration

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and respond to issues of legal ethics.
  2. Understand and respond to issues of political ethics.
  3. Understand and respond to issues of personal ethics.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of administrative responsibility and its challenges.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues for civil servants: financial disclosure, oaths, academic vs. practical ethics.
  6. Understand and apply tools for ethical decision-making.
  7. Understand the challenges of organizational ethics
  8. Apply ethical standards to governmental structures.
  9. Understand ethical issues of dissenting behavior.
  10. Understand comparative ethical standards from other nations.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (55 Pts, Weeks 1-3, 5-7)

350

35%

Midterm Exam (Week 4)

300

30%

Final Exam (Week 8)

350

35%

Total

1000

100%

Assignment and overall grading will follow the standard Charter Oak grading rubric, found in the Course Shell.

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Lewis, Carol and Stuart Gilman. The 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 (2013). The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government. 2nd ed. CQ Press. ISBN-13: 9781452226316
  • Rohr, John (1998). Public Service, Ethics and Constitutional Practice. University Press of Kansas. ISBN: 0-7006-0926-1

Optional Text

  • Bell, Derrick (2002). Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth. Bloomsbury. ISBN: 1-58234-205-9

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1

  • Ethical Standards and Responsibilities
  • Readings:
    Lewis, Introduction/Chapter 1
    O’Leary, Chapter 1
    Rohr, Chapters 1-2
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer the Discussion Question(s)

2

2,3

  • Legal And Public Interest Obligations
  • Readings: Lewis, Chapters 2-3
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer the Discussion Question(s)

3

4,5

  • Are We Responsible?
  • Character Of The Civil Service: Ethical Challenges
  • Readings:  
    Lewis, Chapter 4
    Rohr, Chapters 6-10
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer the Discussion Question(s)

4

6

  • Ethical Reasoning: Decision-Making Tools
  • Readings:
    Lewis, Chapters 5-7, Resource 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take the Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Readings: All readings Weeks 1-4
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

5

7

  • Ethics In The Organization
  • Readings: Lewis, Chapters 8-10
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer the Discussion Question(s)

6

8

  • Ethics In The Federal Government: A Constitutional Model
  • Readings: Rohr, Chapters 11-15
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer the Discussion Question(s)

7

9

  • The Ethics Of Dissent: Case Studies
  • Readings: O’Leary, full text
  • Discussion and Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Answer The Discussion Questions

8

10

  • Comparative Ethical Standards
  • Conclusions
  • Readings: 
    Rohr, Chapters 16-19
    Lewis, Afterword
    O’Leary, Postlude
  • Read Assigned Chapters
  • Write Final Exam

Final Exam
Chapters: Readings, Weeks 5-8.
SLOs 1-10, with emphasis on SLOs 7-10

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