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1.To acquire a working knowledge of important literature, reports, and studies bearing on ethics in the public sector and the institutional arrangements and guidelines used in government to encourage or enforce ethics among public employees.

2.To understand key concepts and theories of ethics, examine them in the context of public service and bureaucracy, and learn to apply them to concrete situations.  

3.To recognize the variety of types & levels of ethical problems & solutions that might present themselves to administrators including ones that might have been brought to your attention in other MPA courses.

4.To learn some specific methods for analyzing ethical problems in public administration and how one can use them to deal with ethical dilemmas when they arise.

TEXTS AND READINGS:  (All required)

1.Terry L. Cooper. The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role, 4th ed., (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers. 1998).

2.Readers:  Sets  A, B, and C available from your instructor at Department cost for copying.

3.Many additional articles and slides will be downloaded from my Web Page.


Active discussion of the assigned materials is a major class activity.  To be fully prepared read assignments, take notes, and write down a few questions about the readings for class. Your participation grade (20%) hinges on active involvement. Also be prepared to discuss ethical issues that have been raised in other courses in your program and in the current news.  

In preparing your term papers you may need several consultations with your instructor.  A class break is not usually sufficient to assure all the feedback you will need for progress.  Set up appointments when needed.  For problems that require a short response, use the phone or email.  It is highly recommended that you try to identify term paper subject options in the first three weeks of class so you can do preliminary research to support a coherent proposal.

Absence is a serious matter. In a 3-hour seminar missing one class is a week's work.  

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