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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Felicia Roane
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Curt Ventriss

Explores the ethical challenges confronting public policymaking and the normative obligations of public actors in serving the public interest. Exposes a variety of ethical issues ranging from the big questions of justice and social equity, liberty and individual freedom, and globalization to issues that one might confront in a professional setting (e.g. conflict of interest, lying and deception, and whistle-blowing). Case studies are used to highlight ethical demands that arise in the policy context

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Identify a range of ethical challenges facing public policymaking;
Describe multiple normative ways in which questions of value can be examined; and
Present persuasive arguments about ethical principles and disgreements

Methods of Assessment: class participation (20%); two concept papers outlining different normative approaches (60%) class presentation (20%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Class will meet on the following days: October 30; November 13, 20; December 4, 18

  • Wednesday 4:00 - 6:00
  • Class will meet on the following days: October 30; November 13, 20; December 4, 18

  • Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course;
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

students enrolled in programs other than the MPP must obtain permission of department prior to registering for this course.

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: This course will be taught on the Homewood campus, Wyman Park room 571.