• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Serrin Rutledge-Prior
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
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Available on-campus & online learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes. 2024 dates. Weeks 7-12 of semester 1

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. critically understand the main concepts and theories in public sector ethics;
  2. critically apply ethical concepts and theories to examples of public sector practice;
  3. access relevant source materials on public sector ethics;
  4. critically understand the role of ethics in professional public sector practice;
  5. apply critical analytical capacity to answering questions on public sector ethics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Three brief seminar assignments (50) [LO null]
  2. Final essay (50) [LO null]

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Workload

2.5 hours each week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5483 15 Apr 2024 15 Apr 2024 26 Apr 2024 14 Jun 2024 In Person N/A
Online
5484 15 Apr 2024 15 Apr 2024 26 Apr 2024 14 Jun 2024 Online N/A

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