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318.631.01 Ethics and Public Policy I


Health Policy and Management
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer

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 Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify a range of ethical challenges facing public policymaking;
  2. Describe multiple normative ways in which questions of value can be examined; and
  3. Present persuasive arguments about ethical principles and disagreements.
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (20%); two concept papers outlining different normative approaches (60%) class presentation (20%)


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduates are not permitted in this course;

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

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

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be taught on the Homewood campus.