Course covers issues related to the ethical practices of public administrators including the proper role of unelected bureaucrats in government and how they relate to citizes. Students are exposed to philosophical arguments related to ethical behavior. Course does not satisfy the general education ethics requirement. Corequisite/Prerequisite: POSC/PADM/MGMT 311.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Any texts covering topics identified in the topical outline.
Ethics in Public Administration: A Philosophical Approach
By Sheeran, Patrick J. (Praeger) Recommended
The Ethics Primer for Public Administrators in Government and Nonprofit Organizations
By Svara, James H. (Jones and Bartlett) Recommended
The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role
By Cooper, Terry L. (Jossey-Bass) Recommended
The Ethics Challenge in Public Service: A Problem-Solving Guide
By Lewis, Carol W. Stuart C. Gilman (Jossey-Bass) Recommended
Ethics Management for Public Administrators: Leading and Building Organizations of Integrity
By Menzel, Donald C. (M.E. Sharp) Recommended
To expose students to ethical issues related to public management and decisions.
To familiarize students with basic ethical philosophical thought.
To explore the development of ethical practices in public service.
Explain basic theoretical and philosophical foundations of ethics.
Identify important aspects of organizational and individual codes of ethics.
Demonstrate an ability to apply codes or ethics to real world circumstances and situations.
A significant, intensive writing component is required for this course. This requirement may be satisfied by a single type-written assignment of twelve pages in length (properly cited) or by multiple assignments of equivalent length.
The historical and evolutionary contexts of ethical standards for public servants
Sources of ethical standards in the public sector
Philosophical foundations for ethical standards
Codifying ethics codes for public servants
Ethical issues confronting public administrators
Implementing the law as a duty of public administrators
Approaches to resolving ethical dilemmas
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.