Ethics and Professionalism in Public Service

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ethics and Professionalism in Public Service

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MG214: Principles of Public Sector Management or MG318: Managing Change in the Public Sector

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides a balanced approach to the study of ethics and professionalism in the Public Service by initially discussing key traditional and contemporary theoretical insights on ethics and professionalism. This is followed by an in-depth discussion of ethical responsibilities of public managers, tools for ethical behaviour, ethical decision making and how to build an ethical and professional organisation. In essence, the course provides discussions on issues central to ethics like corruption, accountability and transparency in relation to the Pacific region.
    Learning Outcomes
    - Understand the theoretical concepts of Public Sector ethics and professionalism Determine how ethics and professionalism impacts decision-making in the Public Service
    - Analyze the impact of having ethical responsibilities when serving in the Public Sector, and better
    understand the linkage between professionalism and corruption
    - Formulate applications to ethically improve public policy, human resource management, fiscal
    management and strategic management within the Public Sector
    - Assess the importance of ethics, transparency and accountability issues in the Public Sector Determine the causes of corruption in the Public Sector and prepare corrective mechanisms Specify how to develop ethical and professional working teams in the Public Sector
    - Evaluate ethical factors driving public sector reforms of Pacific region countries
    - Make persuasive research-based presentations on certain ethical issues
    - Apply a number of USP Graduate Attributes

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