Course code Filz2013

Credit points 2

Professional Ethics

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation15.10.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Juris Vuguls

Dr. phil.

Prior knowledge

Filz1013, History of Philosophy

Soci1014, General Sociological Theory

Course abstract

Students will acquire main ethical categories, development of central ethical ideas and conceptions, and the ethical values. During the study course students analyze how nowadays important ethical problems coming into existence and how knowledge of ethical categories practically applying in public administration and connecting with profession of sociologist. Students analyze professional codes of ethics, too. There are lectures and discussions at seminars, group work and presentations as the methods are used in study course.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: The study course gives enlarged understanding about development of ethics; knowledge about main ethical categories, paradigms, general knowledge about human, personality, his/her value and position in the changing world. During the study course are identified and actualized how knowledge of ethical categories practically applying in public administration and connecting with profession of sociologist.
• Skills: During the study course students will elaborate skills of practical identifying roots and causes of moral situations and problems, to evaluate moral situation and to find optimal solution. This study course help elaborate skills to view problems in wide contexts; critical thinking and ability to make independent judgments; skills of listening and communication in public administration and profession of sociologist.
• Competence: This course elaborating necessary competences of sociologist; competence of understanding moral problems and solving real moral situations.

Compulsory reading

1. Geuras D., Garofalo . Practical Ethics in Public Administration. B.v., Management Concepts, 2005. 362 p.
2. Lasmane S. Komunikācijas ētika. Rīga: VPP Nacionālā identitāte, LU SPPI, 2011. 363 lpp.
3. Blekbērns S. Ētika. Rīga: ¼ Satori, 2008. 168 lpp.
4. Praktiskā filosofija. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 549 lpp.

Further reading

1. Sheeran P.J. Ethics in Public Administration. A Philosophical Approach [tiešsaiste]. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1993. 171 p. Pieejams EBSCO E-book datu bāzē: [skatīts 21.10.2014.]
2. Ingrems D., Pārksa Dž. Ceļvedis ētikā. Rīga: Dienas grāmata, 2011. 432.
3. Šeldons S., Steinbergs, Dāvids T. Osterns. Valdība, ētika un vadītāji. Rīga: Pētergailis, 1994. 170 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Interneta resurss - Statement of Ethical Practice for the British Sociological Association. - [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 14.03.2014]
2. Interneta resurss - American Sociological Association Code of Ethics. - [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 14.03.2014]
3. Žurnāls "Rīgas Laiks" - ISSN 1407-1622.