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Public Administration and Management

Teaching and learning code

We, the lecturers and students of Public Administration at Unisa, are motivated by a serious quest for truth and academic and professional excellence, and we undertake to uphold this teaching and learning code. The code expresses the values and attitudes that guide our endeavours and must be manifested wholly or partially in all our academic work, be it study, the curriculum, assignments, examinations, study material, or tutorials: in short, any form of teaching and learning.

Our academic activities are directed at being of service to society and to promote science and scholarship within a culture of learning and effort.

We as lecturers and students in Public Administration accept that we are not passive receptors, but active pursuers of learning: we ourselves being the main determinant of our success. As lecturers and students we complement one another and are therefore dependant on one another for success. We are thus all prepared to work hard at our subject. This includes the effort involved in the willingness to think, which always goes hand in hand with open- mindedness and a tolerance of views that differ from our own. At the same time we will display intellectual assertiveness and a critical attitude with respect to issues in public administration, with the understanding that originality is an essential requirement for both lecturers and students.

 However, science is not a field of intellectual licence, but a discipline. Therefore, we must also uphold the scientific virtues of exactness and intellectual honesty at all times. Intellectual honesty requires that we always acknowledge our intellectual debt to others and never present work that is not our own as if it were that of the original author.

We are encouraged by the fact that the values and aspirations espoused in this teaching and learning code may benefit society as a whole, as it, for a large part, also serves a constructive purpose outside the academy, particularly in the field of public administration.