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ETHICS – NEW BATCH for MAINS 2018 Starts 8th June

New Approach To Ethics For Civil Services Examination. 

 

MODULE FOR CRASH COURSE FOR GS PAPER IV (ETHICS)

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Classes by eminent author of the book on GS paper IV (Ethics) sold in India and abroad.
  2. Adopted as reference books by universities and credited as significant recent literature in the filed
  3. 12 days course total duration 40 hours with warranted space to help to revise and absorb topics
  4. Discussion on review questions as assignment after every chapter to broaden the understanding of the paper and hone the answer writing skill.
  5. Personalized evaluation of assignments to locate improvement areas
  6. Highlighting the inter-linkage between common topics from Paper IV to that of other papers viz. II and III to reduce duplication of efforts
  7. Instrumentality of topics discussed in Paper IV as mark fetcher for Essay paper and in Interview
  8. Two model mock tests based on entire syllabus of Paper IV

SECTION I- ETHICS AND HUMAN VALUES

This section inter alia discusses midwifery role of philosophy in emergence and revision of ethics and morality premised on the theoretical understanding that values, ethics and morality are social construct and cultural invention. The role of language and third party norm-enforcement in spread of ethics and expansion of co-operative living from clans to tribes, cities, kingdom and finally to nation-states is stimulates contemplation. The symbiotic relationship between environmental and global ethics and finally how reemergence of person centered virtue ethics vis-à-vis act centered morality in 21st century is antidote to ethical challenges of new global order.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

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SECTION II- ETHICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE

This part inter alia explains the linchpin role of public service between state and citizens in liberal democracies, challenges to foundational values of public service and understanding of ‘administrative evil’ in administration and role of Kant’s ‘heteronomous will’ in perpetuating it. In related line the part identifies the concept of accountability as overrated virtue in administrative lexicon and celebrated Fedreich-Finer debate. The concept of governance and how misplaced trust on accountability will hamper maximum good governance. The distinction between ‘Good’ and ‘Ethical’ governance and challenges of neopatrimonialism to ethical governance.  The part also explains concept ofadministrative theology’ and necessity of mission oriented public service in after the storm of ‘neo-liberalism’ in public administration.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

SECTION III- PROBITY IN GOVERNANCE

This part inter alia explains the Conflict of interest and Freedom of Information (FOI) as fundamental human right in administrative and regulatory state. In related vein the part also explains that demand for transparency and openness in government is symptom of arrival of wider malaise of ‘panoptician state’ and ‘panoptician society’. The role of RTI in India in unsettling the colonial yoke of secrecy in administration is also discussed. The role of ethics code and their relationship with code of conduct, Kohlberg’s moral stage and instrumentality in re-engineering organizations also founds place. The paradox of Citizens’ Charter birth in ‘minimal state’ and adoption issues in ‘maximal state’ like India are also discussed at length.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

SECTION IV- CHALLENGES OF EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SERVICE

This part inter alia explains why public service is seen as barometer of citizens’ trust in promises of democracy and liberal values. The opportunities and threats of e-governance and e-government in ‘ubicom age’. The challenges to introduction of corporate financial management to public finance management is also discussed along with how in seventy years of our Swaraj we have turned the wheel of administration two and half centuries back with the three tier corruption in vogue in medieval India viz. pishkash,  nazr or nazrana and bakhshish at top, middle and lower level respectively in government-citizen interface.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

 

SECTION V- CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

This part inter alia explains emergence of Corporate Governance as new paradigm of corporate administration in wake of increasing public interest in corporate affairs. The chapter also discusses the evolution of CG system in Anglo-American tradition and challenges to promoting a good CG culture in India apart from limitations of much celebrated five dimensions of contemporary corporate governance.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

SECTION VI- ETHICAL ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

This part inter alia explains Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, Marxism, Postmodernism and Critical theory of International Relations. The template for expanding the boundaries of moral and political community through uncoupling of citizenship from the state. The part also succinctly analyzing USA’s military engagement in Iraq in 2003 from different perspectives. The challenges to globalization and the flickering light at the end of tunnel for globalization despite ‘Brexit’ and Trump era in USA.

 

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

SECTION VII- EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND APTITUDE

This part explains why our ‘emotions’ are evolutionary shorthand for complex reasoning that frees our cognitive space for other environmental challenges and also contrary to popular myth why our decisions without emotions are irrational. The part inter alia also explains attitude and its limitations in fighting prejudices, stereotyping and emergence of post-truth era. The part also laments the myopic emphasis on ‘lifelong learning’ ignoring the cognitive limitations, attitudinal blocks and bounded motivations of human beings.

CASE STUDIES PRIMARILY CENTERED ON THE SECTION.

SECTION VIII- MORAL THINKERS, REFORMERS AND LEADERS

BROAD CASE STUDIES WITH INTER-SECTIONAL LINKAGES TO TOPICS OF THE PAPER

 

 

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