DPI-201 B: The Responsibilities of Public Action for Business and Government Policy

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0


Day Time Location
First Day 1/26
Meet Day M/W 1:10 PM - 2:30 PM HKS 1BA


This course is a philosophical examination of the responsibilities of public policymakers in a democracy. The course asks two questions: (1) What should governments do? (2) What should political actors do? The first question requires consideration of public principles that guide good, just, and legitimate public policy. The second question requires consideration of the many and often competing obligations that should guide political actors inside and outside government, particularly when there is disagreement about what is good, just, and legitimate public policy. Discussions and assignments focus on applications of theoretical concepts from scholarly readings in philosophy and political theory to practical issues of public policy and policymaker responsibility.

Open to non-MPP1 students by permission of instructor only. DPI-201B is part of a three course integrated cohort for MPP students interested in the Business and Government Policy (BGP) policy area of concentration. Students who enroll in DPI-201B must also enroll in API-102B and API-202B during the Spring 2015 semester. Participation in this experimental integrated cohort -- which also features co-curricular experiences -- is highly recommended for aspiring BGP concentrators.