Politicians and government officials often need to take sides when making policy decisions. What is the best course of action? Should democratic institutions always favor the majority to support the most happiness for the most people? What about minority populations?
Do we have a moral duty to follow laws we believe are unethical? In 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the practice of slavery in its decision Dred Scott v. Sanford, and slavery remained legal in many parts of the country although many Americans considered it to be immoral. The 13th Amendment did not abolish slavery until 1865 and, after it was ratified, many state governments quickly passed Jim Crow laws to allow injustices against minority populations to continue.
Do we have a moral duty to help those who have suffered from past discrimination, racism, or oppression? What about when our fathers or grandfathers benefited economically from this past servitude and passed along their savings, property, and tuition dollars to us?
Do we have a moral duty to help the poor, sick, elderly, and infirm? What about those who live in other countries?
John Kitch, Ph.D, Political Science, Louisiana State University, has created this new study guide for POLSC401: Ethics and Public Policy to help you review the ethical issues related to families and relationships, the poor and the sick, equal employment issues, national security, foreign relations, technology, and commerce, so you can pass the Saylor Academy final exam and be on your way to a successful career!
POLSC401: Ethics and Public Policy at Saylor Academy includes the following ten units:
Unit 1: The Role of Ethics and Morality in Politics
Unit 2: Theoretical Frameworks for Analyses of Ethical Dilemmas
Unit 3: Individual Liberty, Public Safety, and Justice
Unit 4: Income Taxation, EEO Compliance, and Affirmative Action
Unit 5: Care for the Poor, Sick, Elderly, and Infirm
Unit 6: Issues Involving Families and Relationships
Unit 7: National Security
Unit 8: Foreign Relations, Foreign Trade, Foreign Aid, and Military Intervention
Unit 9: Science, Technology, and Commerce
Unit 10: Daily Operations of Government, Lobbying, Campaigns and Elections
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