Special Credit Courses

Fees

The fee for each Special Credit Course is ₹8,000 + 18% GST.

The course consists of four webinars, multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.

 


Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of ethical reasoning in public policy. It provides students with concepts, frameworks and problem sets, that trigger reflection on how to think through and resolve an ethical question.

 The emphasis on the course is on evaluating and deciding on policy choices through ethical reasoning. The frameworks provided, and thought experiments discussed, are in addition to policy analysis and economic reasoning that are part of the Takshashila curriculum. The course incorporates elements of moral philosophy, but is not a stand-alone course on moral philosophy. It introduces simple tools and frameworks that students can employ in the course of their professional lives.

This course is suitable for students, practitioners and policy professionals.

Learning Units:

  • LU 00: Foundations for moral philosophy and ethical reasoning- In this module we will learn why must a good public policy incorporate ethical reasoning and how do we evaluate ethical dilemmas in policy-making using a framework
  • LU 01: Problem solving- In this module we will evaluate some thought experiments using an ethical reasoning framework. Further, we will apply ethical reasoning towards a policy problem
  • LU 02: The trolley problem- Using the famous thought experiment, we will engage with the practical implications of ethical dilemmas while making a policy
  • LU 03: The contractor problem- We will use a case study to establish a distinction between group-based norms (e.g., loyalty) and norms that apply universally, independent of group membership (e.g., fairness)
  • LU 04: The value of life- In this module we will see how the Utilitarianism approach can help us navigate some of the ethical issues of policy-making

In addition to this, we will go through several other case studies and literature to understand the ethical dilemmas that the policy makers face while making a policy.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Appreciate the importance of ethical reasoning in public policy decision-making 
  2. Discuss some major ethical perspectives and their contexts
  3. Evaluate different ethical perspectives in relation to each other
  4. Evaluate several thought experiments using an ethical reasoning framework
  5. Apply ethical reasoning towards a policy problem
  6. Learn the use of a framework to evaluate an ethical dilemma

The course consists of four webinars, multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.

ABOUT SPECIAL CREDIT COURSES

Special Credit Courses help participants go beyond the news cycle and get to the heart of complex topics. It is a 2-4 week online series designed to provide a nuanced take on one ongoing policy issue. Participants dive deep into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

The series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The series creates an opportunity to start a conversation between smart minds and experts from across the world. In doing so, it helps create intelligent citizens, practitioners and policymakers. The previous programmes were on Inside Xi's China, Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy, Unpacking India’s Government Budgets and Tackling Epidemics in India.

LEARNING FROM THE BEST

Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy

Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. His current research includes the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific; defence economics and the politics of radically networked societies. He teaches international relations and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes. Pai’s columns appear in Deccan Herald, The Print and Mint. He has published chapters in a number of edited volumes, most recently an analysis of the Pakistani Military-Jihadi Complex.  He has taught civilian and military leaders at India’s College of Defence Management, Army War College and Brunei’s Institute of Strategic Studies. He was a gold medalist from the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, an undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, and an alum of National College, Bangalore. He spent more than a decade at the Singapore government as a policymaker in the technology sector.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE

The course design makes it accessible to and useful for a range of individuals, including public policy professionals, students and anyone who is interested to understand the ethical aspects of policy making.

SCHEDULE AND STRUCTURE

The course consists of four webinars, multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.

Webinar schedule:

  • Webinar 1- 07th Nov (Sat) 11:30 AM to 13:00 PM
  • Webinar 2- 14th Nov (Sat) 11:30 AM to 13:00 PM
  • Webinar 3- 28th Nov (Sat) 11:30 AM to 13:00 PM
  • Webinar 4- 05th Dec (Sat) 11:30 AM to 13:00 PM
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q- Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?
A- Yes, you have to attend all the webinars.  The course consists of six webinars, three multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.

Q- Are the Special Credit Courses just a set of webinars?
A- No, as a part of Special Credit Courses, you will also be added to a Slack Team where you can you can reflect, comment, and interact with the fellow students and faculty even after the webinars. All readings will also be posted here.
Once you have completed the admission process, you will get an e-mail with the details on how to access Slack.

Q- Can this series be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic?
A- Yes, we have designed the Special Credit Courses such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can enrol for the course.

Q- How will the series be taught?
A- The Special Credit Courses will be held completely online. The live webinars by our faculty will serve as pointers to help you explore more about the topic under discussion.

Q- What happens after the webinars are over? 
A- You remain a part of the Slack Team and you can continue the discussions on the topic with the fellow students and the experts. You will also continue to have access to the readings shared on the topic.

Q- Will I have access to any learning material?
A- Yes, you would be provided reading material after every webinar to help you dig deeper on the topic covered in the webinar. The reading material will mostly be in the form of one to two online readings like research papers, articles etc.

Q- Whom do I contact with my doubts about the Special Credit Courses?
Please write to: contact@takshashila.org.in

We will get back to you within 48 hours of receiving your query.

FEES AND APPLICATION PROCESS

The full programme fee for individuals is INR 8,000 (plus GST). Fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

All the mandatory categories in the application form must be filled in order for an application to be considered. Further details are provided in the application form.

Your application will be considered only after we receive your application with payment.

Eligibility
Anyone can take this course, as long as you are able to attend all the webinars, complete the quiz and assignment on time.

Faculty

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy.

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