318.631.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
W 4:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Identify a range of ethical challenges facing public policymaking;
    • Describe multiple normative ways in which questions of value can be examined; and
    • Present persuasive arguments about ethical principles and disagreements.
  • Course Description

    Explores the ethical challenges confronting public policymaking and the normative obligations of public actors in serving the public interest. Exposes a variety of ethical issues ranging from the big questions of justice and social equity, liberty and individual freedom, and globalization to issues that one might confront in a professional setting (e.g. conflict of interest, lying and deception, and whistle-blowing). Case studies are used to highlight ethical demands that arise in the policy context.

  • Intended Audience

    Students enrolled in the MPP program

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: class participation (20%); two concept papers outlining different normative approaches (60%) class presentation (20%)

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.