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Bruce E. Kochis
BPOLST 571
Bothell Campus

Policy Ethics

Examines the complex relationships between policy and ethics. These relationships are grounded in moral and political theories about the behavior of state and non-state actors. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

The course will review the basic ethical theories that are applied to public policy--untilitarianism, deontology, and pragmatism. The course will examine variations on these theories in the context of contemporary real-world policy dilemmas.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to apply ethical theories to real-world cases and come to preliminary conclusions about ethical outcomes.

Students will be able to relate ethical positions to desired policy outcomes.

Students will be able to write succinct advisory memos from an ethical point of view.

General method of instruction

Instruction will involve lecture, discussion, and case analysis--all supplemented by webpage dialogue.

Recommended preparation

Students should have taken at least one Master of Arts in Policy Studies course or advanced undergraduate course work in politics and/or ethical practice.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include: reading course texts, written weekly case analysis, participation in classroom discussions and on-line, and a final research paper.

There are three areas: participation (including on-line) (about 15%), short weekly writing assignments (25%), and a final paper applying ethical theory to a contemporary policy problem of the student's choosing (50%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Bruce E. Kochis
Date: 10/18/2011