15638 Applied Ethics for State and Local Government6cp; Distance and Block
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
This subject provides participants with an understanding of the key concepts and theories in ethical and moral reasoning and how these apply to organisations generally and to state and local government in Australia in particular, inclusive of their own organisations. Completing this subject/short course enables participants to:
- understand key theoretical concepts in ethical and moral reasoning, including deviance, corruption, stakeholder theory and the state, and different types of ethical reasoning, including consequentialist (egoist, utilitarian) and deontological (i.e. rights-based) reasoning and virtue ethics
- understand how these concepts apply to, and are implemented in institutions generally for: (i) structuring these institutions, (ii) decision-making therein, (iii) managing and interacting with stakeholders (citizens, consumers, suppliers, competitors), and (iv) for policy-making in these areas in relation to (for example) positive discrimination, social justice and codes of conduct
- understand how these principles are reflected in contemporary public organisations and state and local government in Australia in particular, inclusive of the range of oversight mechanisms for state and local governments
- apply these learnings to their professional, management and leadership practices.
Participants read, debate and extend their understanding of morality, corruption and misconduct. They examine institutions of oversight across Australian state and local government jurisdictions, such as the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in NSW and the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) and the Remuneration and Discipline Tribunal (RDT) in Queensland. They examine a range of cases from these jurisdictions and apply principles of right and wrong and good and bad to their work in state and local government. Learners throughout are encouraged to reflect on the integration of theory with practice and, in so doing, the academic and research skills of participants are enhanced.
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