Applied Ethics for Local Government Course
Avoid code-of-conduct missteps. Learn to make informed assessments about what is good and bad, right and wrong in local and state government with this applied ethics for local government course.
State and local governments in Australia are frequently surrounded by allegations of impropriety and corruption. This five-day course provides participants with an understanding of the key concepts and theories in ethical and moral reasoning and how these apply to the practices of state and local government in Australia in particular.
Completing this professional development program allows you to:
- Make informed assessments about what is good and bad; right and wrong: Too often, our thinking about complex moral and ethical issues is merely intuitive or worse, robotic. This course allows you to understand key concepts in ethical and moral reasoning, including deviance, corruption, stakeholder theory and the state, and different types of ethical reasoning, including consequentialist (egoist; utilitarian) and deontological (i.e.: rights-based) reasoning and virtue ethics.
- Understand how these concepts apply to you and your organisation – namely, how are ethical and moral principles implemented in institutions for decision-making therein; managing and interacting with stakeholders (citizens; consumers; suppliers; competitors) and for policy-making for positive discrimination, social justice and codes of conduct.
- Focus on state and local government mechanisms of oversight, censure and reward – including negotiating these institutional mechanisms, and:
- Apply these learnings by integrating ethics and moral code more deeply into professional, management and leadership practices in your workplace.
|Duration||Five sessions (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
This applied ethics for local government course will cover the following topics:
- Ethical and Moral Thinking: An Introduction
- Types of Ethical Theorising
- State-Local Government Relations in Australia: An Overview
- Systemic Problems in Local Government in Australia
- Casework: NSW, Victoria and Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
- Managing Organisational Ethics: Tools and Techniques
Who is the course for?
This applied ethics for local government course is designed for local and state government employees, or related professionals, who are looking to develop their understanding of applied ethics in a local government context.
About the presenters
Associate Professor Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. He is co-author of three books, Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017; with Joseph Drew) and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) (both with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt). He is co-editor of Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (2018) with Cathy Yang Liu and Lin Ye. Recent co-authored scholarly articles have appeared in Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Local Government Studies and Australian Planner. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses.
In-house Training Solutions
This applied ethics for local government course can also be customised and delivered in-house. Find out more >
This applied ethics for local government course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
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