DPI-202: Ethics in Public Life

Semester: Fall

Credit: 4.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus


Day Time Location
Term Start Date 8/31
Meet Day T/Th 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM 1 Brattle Sq 401 (HKS)


DPI-202 takes a cross-cultural approach to professional ethics. A close analysis of cases from around the world is the foundation upon which we will build an account of the competencies needed to be a virtuous public servant. Insights from the ever-growing field of moral psychology will be put into conversation with classic and contemporary ethical theory from both Western and non-Western traditions. Special emphasis will be placed on how to think and act strategically when balancing professional obligations with personal morality in the pursuit of creating public value. Unique to DPI-202 will be an opportunity for students to workshop their own cases with their peers in an effort to scrutinize, evaluate, and learn from the ethical issues that have already arisen in their professional lives.

Review Session: Friday 1:15-2:30pm (1 Brattle 401)

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