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Mathew Feehan is a lieutenant colonel in the US Army and he is functionally designated as a strategist responsible for developing national level military strategy currently serving in US Cyber Command. He is a former intelligence officer and pilot previously serving as a military faculty member at National Defense University’s (NDU) College of Information and Cyberspace, where he taught courses in national security to senior military and government civilian leaders.

He is enrolled full time in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy doctoral program and teaches courses in the undergraduate program. He holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from National Intelligence University and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Simpson College. He is also a graduate of the Joint Professional Military Education program, US Army strategic arts program at the Army War College and the chief information officer leadership program from NDU where he received the Department of Defense chief information officer graduate certificate. Previously he served in a number of strategic and operational planning assignments as well as intelligence planning positions. He has served overseas in Korea, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Pacific region with numerous combat deployments.

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Introduction to the intellectual foundations of public policy, from ancient theories on collective public action through the more contemporary development of public policy as a discipline. This may start as early as the ancient Greek philosophers and their views on public action through contemporary classics of public policy. Emphasis will be on the interdisciplinary foundations of public policy, through examining core disciplinary contributions from economics, political science, management, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines. At the conclusion of the course, students will have read classic works in the field and will master the key themes that have dominated the intellectual debates about public policy over its history.
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3 Credit(s)

This course will broaden students’ understanding of the moral dimensions of public policy as well as their own individual moral perspective. Discussions will include the ideal of a just society, and the place of liberty and equality in it, while focusing on contemporary theories of ethics and justice.  It will develop students’ appreciation of the ethical challenges unique to the public service sector while building their skills in ethical analysis and decision-making. We will explore the increasing ethical challenges in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are accelerating faster than our understanding can keep pace. A framework for ethical decision making underpins the course.
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