Course Description for Global Justice
Prerequisite: Admission to the MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics or
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics or permission of the Philosophy Graduate Coordinator
This course examines the phenomenon of globalization from a moral and ethical perspective. Questions include the following: What are universal human rights and how are they compatible with the diversity of cultural practices and traditions worldwide? What duties do we have to the global environment? What obligations, if any, do members of affluent countries have to address world hunger and poverty? What are the forms of governance appropriate to a globalized world? Is humanitarian military intervention in the internal affair of another country justifiable? Should we understand ourselves first and foremost as citizens of the world or as members of bounded communities? Students in this graduate section will have special writing, reading, and presentation assignments; they will also participate in special session with the instructor.