PIA2400 - Introduction to Ethics and Public Policy

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2022/23

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims (1) to help students critically examine the three major ethical approaches (utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics) and discover their practical relevance in forming and evaluating various public policies, (2) to acquire and develop critical and analytical thinking skills for making normative judgments about major moral controversies in contemporary public policy, especially polies in relation to contemporary high-tech research and application, and (3) to discover the role of responsible citizens as moral agents in the collective reflection and resolution of moral controversies in public policy by critically applying key ethical concepts (such as utility, pleasure, interests, liberty, rights, virtue) and relevant normative theories in their ethical deliberations. 

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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