GS4 Important Topics

Ethics – Understand the following issues/values and thier need. Be ready with examples and solutions for them

  1. 8 deadly sins
    1. Wealth w/o work
    2. Knowledge w/o character
    3. Science w/o Humanity
    4. Politics w/o principles
    5. Pleasure w/o conscience
    6. Commerce w/o morality
    7. Religion w/o Sacrifice
    8. Rights w/o Responsibility
  2. Values learned from family
  3. Values learned from society
  4. Patriotism Vs Nationalism
  5. Work is worship
  6. Ethics Vs Legality
  7. Ethics Vs Economy
  8. Good governance Vs Ethical governance
  9. Ethical reasoning
  10. Emotional competence
  11. Ethical governance
  12. Ethical infrastructure
  13. Ethical issues the society is facing today
    1. Ethics in medical science and R&D field (Bioethics)
    2. Ethics in funding
    3. Abortion
    4. Prohibition
    5. Patriarchy
    6. Castesim
    7. Surrogacy
    8. Homosexuality
    9. Media ethics
    10. Freedom of privacy
    11. Environmental ethics
    12. Animal rights
  14. Ethos
  15. Voice and crisis of conscience
  16. Accountability Vs Answerability Vs Responsibility
  17. Accountability to self
  18. Qualities of civil servant
    1. Empathy
    2. Prudence
    3. Perseverance
    4. Probity
    5. Justice
    6. Tolerance
    7. Self Control
    8. Humility
    9. Abstinence
    10. Generosity
    11. Serenity
    12. Sarvodaya
    13. Moral courage / Courage of one’s conviction
    14. Spirit of service
    15. Integrity
      1. Professional integrity
      2. Moral integrity
      3. Organisational integrity Intellectual integrity
    16. Emotional competence
    17. Objectivity
    18. Altruism
  1. Internal struggle Vs External struggle. What makes the former important
  2. What does ethics seek to achieve?
  3. Bureaucratic inertia
  4. Citizen’s problem with current governance
  5. Citizen’s expectations from governance
  6. Power and civil service
  7. Work life balance in civil service
  8. Corporate governance and ethics
  9. Self regulation in corporate governance
  10. Institutional loyalty
  11. What is so ‘public’ about public service?
  12. “We should do to others what we want others to do to us” – Leadership
  13. “Just like it is impossible to know when and how much water a fish drinks, it is utmost difficult to know how much money government officials steal away while in charge of it.” –Corruption
  14. Karmaphala Siddhanta / As you sow, you reap

 

Case Studies – Out of the box solutions for the following are very important

  1. Methods of persuasion
  2. Dealing with vulnerables
    1. Solving communal tensions
    2. Overcoming patriarchy
    3. Overcoming utilitarianism (Tribal people’s rights)
    4. Overcoming caste discrimination
  3. Personal Cost Vs Public interest
  4. Organisational goals / Morale Vs Public interest / own values
  5. Dealing with sexual abuse
  6. Dealing with cow vigilants
  7. Ways to check corruption at work place
  8. Overcoming political pressure
  9. Orthodox loyalty Vs Public interest / own values
  10. Conflict resolution between two parties
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