UU200: Ethics and Governance

Poster by UU200 TA Team: Fulori Manoa, Romitesh Kant, Smita Singh and Eroni Rakuita

Course Coordinators:  Dr. Margaret Mishra and Ms. Razeen Ali

UU200 "Ethics and Governance" is one of four University courses taught at USP, required of all undergraduates, and is hosted in in the Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs (GDIA).

This generic course offers an exploratory and interdisciplinary insight into ethics and the ethics of governance. It introduces students to ethical theories and philosophies (in terms of virtues, consequences and duties), and links these to the structures of governance, in particular, self, political, corporate and global governance. This theoretical framework is then used to delve into the fascinating and controversial field of ‘applied ethics’, ranging through the law, corporate and workplace ethics, social justice issues and controversial ethical dilemmas. Students will be encouraged to think critically, develop self-awareness and make responsible ethical decisions in personal, professional and applied contexts.

Study Ethics with the UU200 Group

Delivery Modes: Face-to-Face (Laucala only); Blended (Laucala, Lautoka, Labasa, Emalus, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati and Solomon Islands); and Online (all campuses except Laucala)

Prerequisites: UU100 and UU114

Teaching Staff: Razeen Ali, Smita Singh, Fulori Manoa, Eroni Rakuita, Sevanaia Sakai, Jope Tarai, Jason Titifanue

Continuous Assessment: 100%

(Assessments for the Face-to-Face and Blended modes comprise a Mid-Semester Test; a Research Essay, a Short group Skit and a Final Test. The Online assessments are the same except the Short Skit is replaced with online discussion forums.)

Contact Hours:

F2F mode: 4 hours per week (2X1 hour lecture and 1X2 hour tutorial)

Blended Mode: 2 hours (tutorials) per fortnight. View pre-recorded lectures on Moodle. No face-to-face lectures for this mode.

Online Mode: View pre-recorded lectures on Moodle and complete the weekly discussion forums. No face-to-face lectures or tutorials for this mode.



On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Debate key questions and controversies in the field of applied ethics relevant to Pac. Island and global affairs

2. Communicate ideas about ethical theories, philosophies, traditions and issues

3. Analyse contemporary governance issues using ethical reasoning

4. Conduct research on ethics and governance issues in national, regional and global arenas

5. Apply ethical reasoning to real-life scenarios and professional contexts

For any further queries, please contact the course coordinators:

Dr Margaret Mishra, S014-S221, Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs, School of Law and Social Science, Phone: 323 2552, Email: mishra_m(at)


Ms. Birisita Kedavata, S014-102, (UU200 Clerical Assistant) Discipline of Government, Development and International Affairs, School of Law and Social Science, Phone: 3232458. Email: birisita.kedavata(at)

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