DPI-202M A: Ethics in Public Life

Semester: Fall Mod1

Credit: 0.5

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Kenneth Winston


Day Time Location
First Day 9/5
Meet Day T/Th 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM L332
Review F 10:10 AM - 11:30 AM T401


This course in practical and professional ethics helps students develop the skills needed for acting effectively and well in public life. Through close analysis of actual cases, we examine instances of exemplary conduct and  learn from moral failures; engage in ethical debate in the classroom and in writing assignments; trace the connections between ethical judgment and specific public policies; and explore the challenges  in working across geographical and cultural boundaries. Topics include the meaning of professionalism, the appeal to personal conscience in public decision making,  responsibilities that arise from global interdependence, the problem of "dirty hands," and the ethics of loyalty and dissent in bureaucratic settings. Cases from around the world  provide the primary focus of class discussion, supplemented by the writings of John Rawls and Machiavelli.