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Ethics and Public Policy (9555.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society




    This unit will provide students with an overview of the role that ethical, cultural, religious, and moral principles play in the formulation and execution of public policy lawmakers and other public officials.

    In the execution of public policy, it is impossible to do no harm to others, often public policy requires the redistribution of resources, denial of rights or privileges, or promotion of one group at the expense of another. Decision-making frameworks are used to help balance competing interests and make the best, or sometimes "the least worst", decision. In this unit, students will examine five types of decision frameworks used to make and implement public policy, as well as rationales used to justify inequitable impact and outcomes of policies.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Explain how personal morality and ethics impact the policymaking process;

    2. Discuss various ethical frameworks used to resolve policy dilemmas; and

    3. Identify statutes, ethical codes, and legal opinions that define the normative parameters of key domestic and international policy issues.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 6606 Government Business Relations



    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    8785 Public Policy in Theory and Practice

    Equivalent Units

    8785 Public Policy in Theory and Practice

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