Every public leader must make choices that challenge his/her code of ethics. Sometimes, a chance of life or death is literally at stake. How and when should a leader decide to let some people die or explicitly ask people to die to give others a chance to live? Other times, while life or death may not be at stake, still a leader must decide difficult issues: when to partner with unsavory characters, when to admit failure, when to release information or make choices transparent. This interdisciplinary seminar on Ethical Choices in Public Leadership will draw upon perspectives from law, management, and public policy in exploring how leaders develop their principles, respond when their principles fail or conflict, and make real-world choices when, in fact, there are no good choices. Permission of the instructor required. Attendance of first session is mandatory.

Class dates are Sept 1 (5-7pm), Sept 15 (6-8pm), Sept 16 (8:30am-12:30pm), Oct 27 (5-8pm), Oct 28 (8:30am-12:30pm), Nov 3 (5-8pm), Nov 4 (8:30am-12:30pm), Dec 1 (5-8pm), Dec 2 (8:30am-12:30pm), Dec 15 (5-8pm).