Promises, Pitfalls, and Ethics in Multisector Contracting

Summer 2017 quarter (Second Session)

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The issue of public ethics is particularly important when government works with private contractors. The term “public ethics” is often used to suggest acting with compassion and empathy while ensuring thorough analysis and competence as we serve the public interest while seeking justice under the law. When public agencies rely on vendors to carry out their work a focus on ethical behavior is essential. In this course we will examine how contracts between government and various vendors can fail. In addition, we will examine the possibilities for government and their vendors to achieve contracting’s true win-win potential. In other words, we will use ethics as a lens to study how public managers materialize the promises while avoiding the pitfalls of multisector contracting in the twenty first century.

Program Details


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Jun 30-Jul 2, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning