Integrity in public sector

Integrity in public sector

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar:  20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Janez Stare, PhD

1. Objectives and competences


  • student knows and understands the constructs of integrity, responsibility, ethics, culture and values in public sector,
  • student knows and understands the need for an ethical reference framework, the relationship between the individual system of values and the value system of public sector as well as the integrity as a personal choice,
  • student knows, understands and evaluates the selected implementation approaches (code of conduct, ethics commission, ethics officer, ethics training, reporting systems, etc.),
  • student knows and understands the fields and the cases of lobbying, corruption and ethics violations in the public sector,
  • student knows and understands the meaning of ethics in leadership behaviour and connects the integrity with social responsibility,
  • student independently solves case studies in integrity and ethics

Subject-specific competences:

  • capacity to connect and share the knowledge of integrity and ethics into praxis,
  • ability to explain and compare the cases and the facts in the fields of integrity and ethics,
  • ability to form the suggestions for problem solving an their interpretation in the praxis of public sector,
  • ability to understand the praxis in the field of integrity and ethics in Slovenian and foreign context,
  • capacity to acqire the information and to use the acquired information as well as the ability to communicate them  in written or orally in Slovenian and English.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Integrity, responsibility and ethics
  • The need for an ethical reference framework
  • Approaches and concept of modern ethics in public sector
  • Ethics and public sector culture
  • Ethics and value system of an individual
  • Individual system of values vs. the value system of public sector
  • Integrity as a personal choice
  • Selected implementation approaches (code of conduct, ethics commission, ethics officer, ethics training, reporting systems, etc.)
  • Lobbying
  • Corruption and Ethics Violations in the Public Service
  • Ethics in leadership behaviour
  • Integrity and social responsibility

3.  Readings

  • ARMSTRONG Elia (2005). Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration: Recent Trends, Regional and International Developments and Emerging Issues. United Nations.
  • BARRETT, P., (2001). Pre-Employment Integrity Testing: Current Methods, Problems and Solutions
  • CRANE, Andrew, MATTEN, Dirk: Business Ethics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007  (cca 100 str.)
  • HONG Hyun-sun (2009). Diagnosis of public sector integrity and assessment of anti-corruption initiatives, www.aca-
  • OECD (2000). Trust in Government: Ethics Measures in OECD Countries. OECD.
  • OECD (2009a), Components of integrity: data and benchmarks for tracking trends in government, 0assessment%20--%20Fall%202008.pdf
  • Bluhm, William Theodore, Heineman, Robert A. (2007). Ethics and public policy : method and cases

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student is able to understand and solve problems in the field of integrity, corporate social responsibility, business and personal ethics and excellence as well as to aqcuire and use the information with up-to-date ICT.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lectures,
  • seminars,
  • individual and group case studies,
  • e-learning.

6. Assessment

  • Active participation (lectures, e-learning, forum, ..) - 25%
  • Seminar - 25%
  • Presentation of seminar (course work, project work) - 25%
  • Written or oral exam - 25%