PPS302.D001 – POLICY CHOICE AS VALUE CONFLICT
In PPS 302, the introductory ethics class for all Sanford majors, we examine how and why studying ethics and history are intrinsically linked to any effort to address the most pressing collective action challenges of our times. The goals of the class are 1.) To empower students to become fully engaged citizens and leaders who are able to engage the most pressing and vexing problems that confront humanity today; 2.) Using political theory and historical case studies, to examine how and why well-intentioned reforms and policy efforts have so frequently gone awry; and 3.) To use student’s experiential knowledge and capacities for reflection, engagement, and listening, to formulate lifelong strategies for confronting and changing entrenched collective action failings in human society.
The course is required for all PPS majors and seeks to link the study of political theory and history with the personal challenge of putting that information and knowledge to work, whether in very personal terms or on the broadest stage of policy formation and implementation. The aim of the class is to illuminate how adaptive leadership has and can work to the benefit of many actors, even if there is no single model or definition of what leadership has been historically. Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI