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In this writing assignment, students will demonstrate their understanding of the unique and challenging ethical responsibilities of public sector employees and leaders by linking one such responsibility detailed in the text to what is occurring in the field today.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

  • Discuss their personal approach to public service ethics and ethical leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the unique ethical obligations, responsibilities, culture, and values associated with service in the public sector.

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  • Textbook: The ethics primer for public administrators in government and nonprofit organizations
  • File: Academic Writing Visual 

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  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Review Ch. 3 in the Svara text, paying particular attention to the eight (8) responsibilities of public administrators.
  3. Compose an original analytical and well-organized 1000- to 1500-word essay (including references) that includes the following elements:
  1. Compose an original analytical and well-organized 1000- to 1500-word essay (including references) that includes the following elements:
    1. Title Page: Begin with a formal title page that includes your name.
    2. Introduction: Include a one-paragraph introductory paragraph that sets the stage for the narrative that follows.
    3. Discussion: Use subheadings to organize your writing. 
      1. One Responsibility. Discuss one (1) responsibility that stands out to you from chapter 3 of the text as being the most significant to the field of public administration. Defend your choice. Include in-text citations from the Svara text.
      2. Public Sector Illustration. Offer an illustration from any level of government (local, state, or federal) to support your choice. Private sector examples are not appropriate.  To identify an appropriate illustration, you will need to conduct independent research to find a recent news stories covered by the media that clearly illustrates the responsibility discussed by the student. You are expected to include in-text citations from objective and reliable news sources to support the account of the story. Present the illustration without bias or personal opinion. 
    4. Conclusion: Conclude the assignment with a one-paragraph conclusion that effectively wraps up the argument made in the body of the paper.
    5. References: Include ample in-text references to support your assertions.  Include a complete and properly formatted APA reference list.
  2. Be sure to follow all principles presented in the Academic Writing Visual, including but not limited to avoiding contractions, avoiding all forms of first person, and using proper grammar and punctuation. 
  3. Headings and subheadings are required to organize the material.
  4. After you have completed the assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit your assignment by the end of the workshop.

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