PPS116D.003 –POLICY CHOICE AS VALUE CONFLICT
This course examines the ethical and moral complexities of public policy formation and implementation in the past and present. The aims of this course are 1) to analyze and examine the varied moral foundations of public policy formation; 2) to sharpen students’ capacity for ethical reasoning; and 3) to locate contemporary policy debates within the broader historical contexts that have defined the moral and ethical dilemmas that policy makers and social actors currently face. In addition to familiarizing students with the ideas of a number of political and social theorists, the course will also examine a variety of rich case studies from U.S. history that shed light on contemporary policy dilemmas. The course provides ample opportunities for reflecting upon the important but often neglected connections between ethics, history, and public policy formation and implementation.
[Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI]