PA 5302: Ethics for Public Administration


Ethics for Public Administration includes a focus on meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics theory in the context of the multidisciplinary applied field of public administration and policy research and practice. Students demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of ethical theories such as utilitarianism, deontology, and social constructivism, and through analysis engage in critical thinking and problem solving for comprehension of real problems facing public managers.


  1. Define ethics in public administration, to include foundational theoretical constructs.
  2. Recognize the public service values: efficiency, effectiveness and ethical responsiveness.
  3. Distinguish public administration ethical theories.
  4. Apply public administration ethics theory to solve real-world problems.
  5. Analyze public administration ethics based on ontological and epistemological theory.
  6. Apply knowledge of ethical theories for appropriate use resolving real-world problems facing public managers.
  7. Evaluate the applicability of an organization's code of ethics.
  8. Interpret a public code of ethics.




The responsible administrator: An approach to ethics for the administrative role (Rev: 6th ed.)

Publisher: Jossey-Bass (2012)
Author: Cooper, T. L.
ISBN: 9780470873946
Price: $59.28

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