Ethics in Administration
Study programme and level
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Study program and cycle
Undergraduate, Public Administration, Administrative Law
Language of instruction
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Enrolment in current year of study
Definition of ethics Concept of virtue and integrity Concept of righteousness, responsibility and duty Person and personal dignity Tradition, culture, environment and its norms, laws, regulations, rules and conscience as a source of ethical leadership Difference between ethics in private sphere and ethics in public sphere Specific aspects of public administration ethics: the role and importance of ethics in public administration; ethical problems and challenges of public administration; detecting, preventing and tackling ethical problems in public administration; duties and rights of civil servants; solving ethical dilemmas; cultivating an ethical culture of civil servants; anti-corruption action; public administration and the challenges of the present time.
Objectives and competencies:
The course provides the student with knowledge and competencies related to ethics and integrity in public administration. The goal is to be made aware that ethics is integral to the functioning of public administration and that it is committed to the ethical maximum. In this course students are familiarised with different levels of human needs and values, with the basics of ethics as a science, with the concepts of justice, responsibility and duty, with ethical tasks and problems of public administration and methods of their implementation or solution.
Intended learning outcomes:
Knowledge and comprehension:
– Knowledge about the importance of ethics for human life;
– Comprehension of central notions of ethics;
– Comprehension of problems of public administration from different perspectives (employee, user, state, local environment, etc.);
– Broadening of the understanding of the importance of ethics for public administration, ethical functions and the meaning of public administration;
Comprehension of the growing meaning of ethics for public administration in future.
the student forms an appropriate theoretical basis for the development and implementation of an appropriate work ethic of a civil servant in public administration;
– develops the ability (conceptually articulated) of assessing complex moral positions in the field of public administration;
– familiarises with the models and decision-making strategies that can be used in concrete situations;
– is trained for better cooperation and teamwork.
– acquires the knowledge necessary for understanding scientific and professional texts in the field of public administration ethics;
– acquires knowledge and ability to participate in critical discussions concerning the ethics in public administration and in broader context.
The course is conducted in the form of lectures and tutorials. Students take an active part in the dialogue with the lecturer. Students are encouraged to address critical issues and thus guided toward critical thinking.