PubPol 580

PubPol 580.002: Values & Ethics in Public Policy

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Fall 2023
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This is a core course restricted to Ford School MPP and MPA students only. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

This section of 580 focuses primarily on U.S. policy and politics.

This course seeks to make students sensitive to and articulate about the ways in which moral and political values come into play in the American policy process, particularly as they affect non-elected public officials who work in a world shaped by politics. Topics covered include the tensions between ethics and politics, an introduction to various moral theories that figure in contemporary policy debates, a consideration of the principal values that animate American politics, and issues and dilemmas in professional ethics. The course addresses issues that affect international as well as U.S. policy and politics.