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 CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY 2006-07 ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY Instructor:  Dr Agnes Batory, [email protected]   Class times:  1-2.40 pm, Thursdays Office hours:  TBC, Room 321, Nador 11 building Credit: 2 Requirements:  Seminar participation  30%   Seminar presentation  30%    Final paper  40% INTRODUCTION AND COURSE OBJECTIVES  This course is designed to provoke critical thinking on value judgements underlying  decision-making   and   public   policy   practices   in   various   national   settings   and  international relations. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on  applied   ethics,   politics   and   public   management   for   examining   contemporary  problems in public affairs. Rather than moral philosophy per se, its focus is on the  practical responsibilities of policy makers and public officials in the context of the, at  times, competing obligations that guide their actions. Ethical problems may arise  from conflicts between professional duty and individual conviction, private and public  interest, and contradictory pressures and interpretations of individual, organisational  and democratic norms and values.  The course will help students identify and analyse these ethical aspects in policy  making, and familiarise them with some of the practical measures available for  promoting integrity in public institutions.  Specifically, students will have the opportunity to: examine the ethical assumptions underlying the responsibilities of public officials  and political leaders in democratic societies;  explore key aspects of leadership and ethics; the resolution of conflicts between  societal,   organisational   and   individual   values;   and   the   ethics   of   loyalty   and  dissent in government;  give attention to the way in which institutional arrangements and reforms promote  or inhibit moral choices, in particular some of the practical measures employed in  public institutions for managing organisational integrity; Assess norms and values in the context of contemporary government as well as  in international relations through case studies grounded in current public affairs.  A key objective of the course is to develop ethical competence, i.e. an enhanced  ability  to identify  and   critically  and  constructively  engage  with  normative   issues  contemporary   public   managers   and   policy   makers   face.   Through   case   study  1
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discussions,   presentations,   and   research   papers   the   course   will   also   develop  students’ analytical and written and oral argumentation skills.  SEMINAR PARTICIPATION AND READINGS  Seminars   will   be  discussion-based,   and  their  success   will  therefore  depend   on 
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