POLS7150 Ethics and Public Affairs (3 units)
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Public administration is, at a fundamental level, the administration of public interests, so there are genuine moral questions about public administration. Most public institutions and policies express a choice among alternative options. These choices involve conflicting values and competing claims. Taken together, they have potentially profound and pervasive impacts on people's well-being. This course critically examines the normative foundations of public administration. The overarching theme is to explore the moral and political values underpinning different public administrative decisions, such as justice, equality, liberty, democracy, and fairness. This course aims to show the role of moral philosophy in public administration and to demonstrate how moral reasoning and factual matters entangle with each other in the evaluation of public policies and institutions.
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