- Code POGO8021
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Amanda Smullen
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2021
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How can public leaders exercise ethical leadership, and how can we promote clean government, given the many excuses for 'dirty hands' made by government leaders? This course provides students with an introduction to debates over public sector ethics, focusing on the roles and responsibilities of public servants and their relationships to politicians and others sharing public power. The unit uses practical examples and case studies of ethical problems from across the public sector, blending Australian and international material so that students can learn from a variety of policy frameworks appropriate to the regulation of public conduct. Students will examine core theories of ethics with the aim of relating these to prevailing theories of public policy and practices of public administration. They will also examine various approaches to codifying and enforcing public sector ethics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically understand the main concepts and theories in public sector ethics;
- critically apply ethical concepts and theories to examples of public sector practice;
- access relevant source materials on public sector ethics;
- critically understand the role of ethics in professional public sector practice;
- apply critical analytical capacity to answering questions on public sector ethics.
- Three brief seminar assignments (50) [LO null]
- Final essay (50) [LO null]
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