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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module will examine contemporary and classic problems in global politics, from the perspective of political theory, focussing in particular on theories of global justice. It will explore the moral status of individuals, states and peoples; global inequality, poverty and distributive justice; theories of human rights; and the ethics of war and humanitarian intervention. Although drawing primarily on arguments in contemporary political philosophy, the module will also incorporate material from the history of political thought.


This module applies the methods of analytic political theory to both contemporary and classic problems of global politics. Topics covered fall under three broad headings. First, some of the central concepts of international political theory are analysed, including sovereignty, nationhood, territorial rights, secession and human rights. Second, rival theories of global justice are compared, including Rawlsian contractualism, cosmopolitanism, nationalism, and theories of human rights. Third, some issues in contemporary political ethics will be explored, including the prospects for global democracy, borders and migration, just war theory and humanitarian intervention.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

1. Describe some of the major philosophical concerns of classic and contemporary theories of global justice 2. Critically evaluate, though the close reading of texts, key contributions to the philosophical literature on global justice. 3. Apply the methods of normative reasoning and conceptual analysis to contemporary political controversies. 4. Compare rival theoretical views about political concepts and issues. 5. Assess the relevance of political theory for understanding pressing question of global ethics. 6. Present logical arguments about abstract ideas in both verbal and written forms.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different views about global ethics.

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How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Thom Brooks (2008) The Global Justice Reader , Oxford, Blackwell
Simon Caney (2006) Justice Beyond Borders , Oxford, Oxford University Press
John Rawls (2001) The Law of Peoples , London, Harvard University Press

Other Relevant Texts:

Jon Mandle (2006) Global Justice , Cambridge, Polity Press
Kok-Chor Tan (2004) Justice without Borders , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
Thomas Pogge (2002) World Poverty and Human Rights , Cambridge, Polity Press
Iris Marion Young (2006) Global Challenges: War, Self-Determination and Responsibility for Justice , Cambridge, Polity Press
David Miller (2007) National Responsibility and Global Justice , Oxford, Oxford University Press
Gillian Brock (2009) Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account , Oxford, Oxford University Press

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

MAEPGOTFA - European Politics and Governance
MAEUPLTFA - European Union Politics and Law
MAPUADTFA - Public Administration

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