Bureaucracy, Politics & Ethics in a Digital Age

Course Code: MSTR 31112

This course is designed to introduce students to the functioning of U.S. bureaucracy, particularly in the context of real life political and ethical dilemmas students are likely to face in a rapidly changing world. Through analytic frameworks, case studies, presentations, and class exercises, students will learn about the wide range of bureaucratic stakeholders, how bureaucracies are held accountable, and how to influence bureaucratic outcomes. Course topics will include changes in national security bureaucratic structures and policy following the attacks of September 11, 2001, data privacy, whistleblowers, ethical dilemmas in artificial intelligence policy, and bureaucratic responses to technological threats.