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PUBLIC ETHICS

CODE 105031
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 4 cfu during the 2nd year of 8772 AMMINISTRAZIONE E POLITICHE PUBBLICHE (LM-63) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/01
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This course aims to analyse some of most important normative issues concerning the relation between citizens and public institutions, such as political obligation, civil disobedience, corruption, and whistleblowing

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course aims to provide the students with an overview of the main ethical issues that arise from the relation between institutions and citizens, with a special emphasis on the role of public administrators. The core topics will revolve around the problems that dissent pose to political obligation and around the issues of corruption and whistleblowing.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course the students will

    • understand the main models in public ethics
    • improve their capacity to understand the most important ethical issues in the life of a public administrator;
    • be familiar with the main features of the debates concerning corruption, civil disobedience, and whistleblowing;
    • improve their capacity to present and discuss an ethically relevant case.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The first part of the course will consist of professor’s lectures. The second part will be made of seminars in which the students will present and discuss some real cases of the main ethical issues analysed in the first part.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    1. What public ethics is #1
    2. What public ethics is #2
    3. Theories of political obligation
    4. Forms of objections to the law
    5. Theories of civil disobedience
    6. Corruption
    7. Seminar on codes of conduct
    8. Seminar on whistleblowing
    9. Seminar on corruption
    10. Seminar on civil disobedience
    11. Seminar on radical protests

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For all: (to be made available on AulaWeb)

    • Neri, D., Filosofia morale. Manuale introduttivo, Guerini, Milano, Cap. 4
    • Bocchiola, M. & Ceva, E., “L’approccio dell’etica pubblica allo studio della corruzione politica. Un’analisi normativa”, Trasparenza e anticorruzione tra enforcement e risk management, a cura di P. Previtali, R. Procaccini, A. Zatti, PUP 2017
    • M. Bocchiola, “La specificità del whistleblowing”, Notizie di Politeia 129, 2018, pp. 50-67
    • E. Ceva, “Regole, esenzioni e coscienza”, Ragion pratica 1, 2013, pp. 71-96.

    Further readings:

    • G. Pellegrino, Etica pubblica. Una piccola introduzione, Luiss University Press, 2015 (parti)
    • E. Ceva, M. Bocchiola, “Theories of Whistleblowing”, Philosophy Compass 2019
    • B. Mattarella, Le regole dell’onestà. Etica, politica, amministrazione, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007 (capp. 1, 3, 4)
    • R. Cubeddu, “Democrazia, liberalismo, corruzione”,
    • D. Della Porta, A. Vannucci, Mani impunite. Vecchia e nuova corruzione in Italia (cap. 4)
    • E. Ceva, “Il male politico della corruzione”, Ragion pratica 49, 2017
    • B. Mattarella, Le regole dell’onestà. Etica, politica, amministrazione, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007 (parti)
    • S. Miller, “La corruzione istituzionale: un approccio causale”, Notizie di Politeia 129, 2018
    • G. Pellegrino, Etica pubblica. Una piccola introduzione, Luiss University Press, 2015 (parti)

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FEDERICO ZUOLO (President)

    VALERIA OTTONELLI

    CORRADO FUMAGALLI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam (seminar activity 50%)

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    12/12/2022 12:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    24/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    04/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    04/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale