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International Ethics for a World in Transition

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNRegistration
July 23, 2018 - August 03, 20182M-F 9A-11:30A, TWTh 1-2:30POpenRichard Maher
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Course Description

This course is designed specifically for English Language Learners interested in further developing their English skills in a challenging college-level academic setting.

This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different philosophical perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights, and global economic inequality. The course will also discuss a number of contemporary issues that raise vital ethical questions, such as global climate change, humanitarian intervention, and counter-terrorism operations.

This course is divided into four sections. The first section provides a brief overview of different ways to think about and study the role of ethics and justice in international affairs. The second section examines just war theory and ethical dilemmas surrounding the use of force. The third section analyzes the problem of international law and global governance in a world of sovereign nation-states. The fourth section explores issues of global distributive justice, including global poverty and foreign aid, the uneven effects of globalization, and global warming and climate change.

This course aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of the role of ethics in international affairs. It does not aim to convert students to a particular perspective, opinion, or other viewpoint. Instead, the goal is to equip students with the ability to apply ethical principles to international issues and foreign policy decision-making. To accomplish this goal, this course will focus on developing and strengthening your writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills.

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of international politics is the only prerequisite.