Administrative Ethics  

PUAD: 6615

Dr. Hank Edmondson

Tuesday 5:30-8:15 M’ville

Office Hours: 11:00-12:30 Tu,Th , 9-11. Tu or by appointment

Generally, a quick way to get in touch with me is by e-mail.

Fall 2008

 

Texts: 

IF ANY OF THESE TEXTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN THE BOOKSTORE, THEY MAY BE ORDERED OVER THE INTERNET. THE AMAZON.COM LINK IS PROVIDED

Lying, Sissela Bok 

http://www.amazon.com/Lying-Moral-Choice-Public-Private/dp/0375705287/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218569795&sr=1-1

The Moral of the Story: Literature and Public Ethics, Edmondson
Please note: This book is now out of print so that if you can't find it online, please request an electronic copy from your instructor. IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE IS A (VERY EXPENSIVE) HARDBACK EDITION OF THIS BOOK AND A REASONABLY PRICED PAPERBACK. DON'T BUY THE HARDBACK!


The Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer
Joseph Conrad
(this could be picked up at any bookstore or library. We will only be using the short story “The
Secret Sharer;” the only problem is that it is almost always packaged with the novella, The Heart of Darkness.

http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Secret-Sharer-Bantam-Classics/dp/0553212141/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218569878&sr=1-6


Unmasking Administrative Evil
by Guy Adams

http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Administrative-Evil-Guy-Adams/dp/076561250X/ref=pd_sim_b_2

 

Reserve Reading:
TBA

 

Grading:

Research Paper:2/5 this paper should either follow the format of the Ethical Dilemma Guidelines, or students may choose, as an alternative, to follow the model found in The Moral of the Story.

Final Exam: 2/5 (Will include all assigned readings and lecture material; in addition students will be required to incorporate in their final, three of the films listed in the syllabus)

Lying review:1/5

 

Prior to mid-semester, you will receive feedback on your academic performance in this course

 

Course Objective:

  The purpose of this course is to study classical ethical systems so as to apply this theory to the ethical decisions confronting public officials in the work place. These decisions include the proper exercise of discretion, the formulation of public policy, and the right response to authority. This course challenges the student to understand and consider traditional ethical approaches, but it also requires the student to use this theory to solve contemporary ethical dilemmas. In addition to lecture and text material, we will also be viewing several videocassettes selected to underline moral concepts and provoke thought and discussion. Videocassettes used in the past include the highly acclaimed PBS series "Ethics in America."

 

IN-CLASS POWER POINT PRESENTATION

 

RESERVE READINGS (partial list)

Briefing on Values

Where's the Stick?

Terrorism and Nihilism

Terrorism's Cult of Death?

Celebrity Professors

Plato's Apology (excerpt)

 

Downloading Podcasts:

To download podcastable material point your browser to the following location and it will immediately connect with your iTunes software. You will probably have to copy the address below and paste it into your browser.

 

itpc://podcasting.gcsu.edu/4DCGI/Podcasting/GCSU/Channels9639/13474.xml

NEW NOTICE: WE WILL NOT MEET THIS WEEK SEPTEMBER 16. INSTEAD YOU ARE ASKED TO GO ONLINE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ETHICS BLOG THAT WAS STARTED LAST SEMESTER. YOU SHOULD OFFER YOUR OWN RESPONSE TO THE QUESTIONS AS WELL AS CHOOSE SEVERAL OF THE EXISTING COMMENTS--OR YOUR CLASSMATES COMMENTS THAT APPEAR--AND RESPOND. HERE'S THE BLOG:

http://web.me.com/hank.edmondson1/AdminEthicsOnline/Blog/Blog.html


Class Schedule:  

 

Week 1, August 26: Introduction, Overview


Week 2, September 2: Natural Law Theory


Week 3, September 9: Natural Law Theory

Recommended videocassettes: A Man For All Seasons (1988) The Miracle Worker (1979) The Elephant Man (1980) Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Brubaker (1980) Marie (1985) To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), The Edge (1975), Imitation of Life (1959), The Next Voice Your Hear (1950), Breaker Morant (1980), Wizard of Oz (1939), The Mission (1986), The Scarlet and the Black (1983), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Tempest (1982), Hamlet (1990), Henry V (1989),

Julius Caesar (1953), Merchant of Venice (1974)

 

Week of  4, September 16:  Natural Right Theory

Recommended Videocassettes: Lord of the Flies (1963, 1990) Gideon's Trumpet (1980) Wall Street (1987) 1984 (1956, 1984) 1776 (1972), The Day the Earth Stood Still, Matewan (1987), Fist (1978), In the Name of the Father (1993), Schindler’s List (1993), 1984 (1956), The Killing Fields (1984), The Fountainhead (1949), Galacta (1998)

Reserve reading: The Fable of the Bees de Mandeville: http://www.xs4all.nl/~maartens/philosophy/mandeville/fable_of_bees.html

 

Week of September 23: Utilitarian Theory

Fail-Safe (1964) Power (1986) The Candidate (1972) Platoon (1986) Full Metal Jacket

(1987), Network (1976), The Last Hurrah (1958), All My Sons (1948)

Reserve Reading: "What Utilitarianism Is" by J.S. Mill

 

Week of  6, September 30:  Kantian Theory

The Nuremburg Trials (1961) Quiz Show (1994) The Star Chamber (1982) Billy Budd (1962) Crimson Tide (1995) Das Bote (1982) MacArthur (1977) Night Falls on Manhattan (1997), Friendly Persuasion (1956, 1975), Paths of Glory (1957), Chariots of Fire (1981)

Kant's Categorical Imperative

Kant & Mr. Green


Book Review Due:
Unmasking Administrative Evil

Week of 7, October 7:  TBA

 

Week of 8, October 14: Nihilism and Existentialism
October 10: MIDTERM, October 16: LAST DAY TO DROP

All Quiet on the Western Front (1978) The Plague (1978) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest(1975) Of Mice and Men (1992) The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Catch 22 (1970) 2001 Space Odyssey (1968), Clockwork Orange (1971), High Noon (1952) Falling Down, Fight Club (1992)

Excerpt from Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra

Brief primer on existentialism

 

Week of 9, October 21: Leadership

Reading: Edmondson Chapter 5: “Shakespeare’s Henry V and the Act of Ethical Reflection ,” Chapter 6: “Rabelais and Pascal: Wise Kings and Anguished Men”

Videocassette: “Henry V"

 

Week of 10, October 28: Lying

Reading: Edmondson  Chapter 14: “The Beauty of Middle-Class Virtue: Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!”, Chapter 12: “Democratic Envy in Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here,

 Chapter 9: “The Great-Souled Woman: Jane Austen as Public Moralist  

Book Review Due: Lying

 

Week of 11, November 4: Statesmanship

Reading: Edmondson: Chapter 10: True and False Liberalism: Stolypin and His Enemies in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s August 1914”, Chapter 17: Mark Twain on Democratic Statesmanship: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Videocassette: Selection from Ethics in America Series

 

Week of 12, November 11: Ethical Nuts and Bolts
Statutory, Bureaucratic, and Judicial dimensions of ethicsHelpful Websites:

 

OECD Site:

http://www1.oecd.org/puma/ethics/pubs/ethicsus.htm

 

U.S. Government Office of Ethics:

http://www.usoge.gov/home.html

 

State of Georgia Code of Ethics, etc.:

 http://home.uchicago.edu/~tfoote/Georgia.html

 

Recent Article about Georgia Ethics Reform:

http://www.augustachronicle.com/stories/021603/opi_089-6408.shtml

 

and another:

 

http://www.georgia.gov/00/article/0,2086,4802_4961_11791526,00.html

 

and another:

 

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=192841


Week of 13, November 18: The Right Thing to Do
Reading: Conrad: “The Secret Sharer”, Edmondson Chapter 13: Natural Right, Conventional Right, and Setting Things Aright: Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer”

Chapter 8: “A Place in the World: Delinquency and the Search for Liberty in Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo

Videocassette: Selection from the Ethics in America Series

Week of 14, : November 25 TBA

THANKSGIVING

 

Week 15, December 2:

Research Papers Due, In Class Paper Presentations

 

Week 16, December 9: Final Exam

 

Requests for Modification:

Any student requiring instructional modifications due to a documented disability should make an appointment to meet with the instructor as soon as possible. An official letter from GC&SU documenting the disability will be required to receive accommodation.

 

Fire Alarms:

In the event of a fire alarm signal students should exit the building in a quick and orderly manner through the nearest hallway exit.  First and second floor classes should exit through ground level exits; third floor classes through nearest stairwell to a ground level exit. Do not use elevator.  Third floor stairwells are areas where disabled people may communicate with rescue workers.  Be familiar with the floor plan and exits of this building.

Recommended Videocassettes:

You should be prepared to include at least three of the recommended videocassettes on your final exam

 

Book Review Guidelines:

 Your book review should consist of any of the following components that are relevant to your book.  In addition it should be double-spaced, typed, and all references should follow an official format. The length of your review should run 6 typed double-spaced pages. Your paper should be divided into three sections with the headings I, II, and III. (Do not include alphabetic sub-headings.) The following guidelines are a general guide, you will not be able to address each and every criterion for most books. The format for the reiview moreover, should follow follow an essay format.

 

I. Book Report

A. Thesis  

B. Summary

C. Organization

D. Point of View

E. Author

II. Critique

A. Bias

B. Generalities v. Specific

C. Persuasiveness

D. Style

E. Other Reviews

 III. Conclusion

A. Application: how is the book relevant in general?

B. Personal reflection: how is the book relevant to you personally?

 If there are other reviews of the book you are reading, you might find them very helpful in your review. In fact, other reviews can give you a perspective which you could not otherwise gain, and could mean the difference, for example, between an "A" or a "B," etc. There are several locations where you might find existing reviews, either on the internet in general, or through our Galileo system.

Ethical Dilemma Paper:

This research paper should follow standard guidelines for a research paper in A Manual for Writers of Term Papers Theses, and Dissertations, 6th ed., 1996.  Some portions of the manual can be found at http://www.libs.uga.edu/mainref/refdept/turabian.html or in the reference section of most university libraries (Main Ref LB2369.T8 1996). A few copies of the book are available in the GC & SU bookstore.  The research paper should be about 15-20 pages. You should have at least 10 references, but the research does not need to be exhaustive. The topic of the paper should be an ethical dilemma of your choosing which can be drawn from the following contexts: local, state, federal, or international (e.g., the U.N., or the E.U.); the military, medicine, non-profit business, privatized government business, government-funded research, criminal justice, education, or the presence of religion in  public life.  An ethical dilemma can be described as a situation or decision which does not yield a "cost-free" solution. In other words, any solution has difficulties or sacrifices associated with it. (This does not mean, however, that there is not one best solution.)

    After you select a topic you should then apply one of the ethical theories we are studying as a way to resolve your ethical dilemma and justify your decision.  The problem you select can be as broad as a question of modern warfare tactics, or as specific as the use of questionable budgetary practices in your workplace. You must obtain approval for your topic.

This is the outline for the ethical dilemma paper:

I. Description of Ethical Dilemma:

In this section you should clearly describe the dilemma including a discussion of the background and history of the problem.

II. Ethical Theory:

In this section you should identify and briefly summarize the one theory you will apply to the problem

III. Application:

This section should contain a thorough application of the theory to the problem, demonstrating how your theory can resolve this problem. This section is usually the most difficult for students, and the most frequently ignored.

IV. Conclusion:

You should conclude by briefly acknowledging other possible solutions to the ethical dilemma, but demonstrating why they would not be acceptable according to the theory you have chosen.

 

Some Interesting and/or useful Websites:

 

"Movers and Shakespeares": http://www.moversandshakespeares.com/index.html

Morris Institute for Human Values: http://morrisinstitute.com/mihv.html

Ethics Resource Center: http://www.ethics.org/

Institute for Global Ethics: http://www.globalethics.org/