International Ethics, Justice and War
Bachelor course. Peace and Conflict Studies. 7,5 credits. Spring term.
FKVC34 Peace and Conflict Studies: International Ethics, Justice and War
The course introduces and elaborates on the theories and practices of international ethics, justice and war. In so doing it encourages participants to critically engage with normative debates on the difficult nexus between our cosmopolitan and communitarian obligations to nationals and non-nationals alike. Central issues to be discussed and compared include redistributive justice across borders, feminist conceptions of global obligation, pursuits of ethical foreign policy and good international citizenship, the moral agency of international institutions as well as expressions of celebrity activism and diplomacy. Furthermore, the course will critically engage with conceptions and practices of just war, foreign humanitarian (military) intervention as well as the ethics of modern soldiering.
After completion of the course, participants should
- have knowledge about theories and practices of international ethics that enable them to critically examine central moral dilemmas in global politics
- have knowledge of research problems, theoretical traditions, with emphasis on cosmopolitan versus communitarian conceptions of justice, ethics and war
- be familiar with arguments concerning the discourses and practices of ethical foreign policy and moral agency
- have knowledge of just war theory and its utility in theorising humanitarian intervention, conflict and intelligence gathering
- have an overall good knowledge of the main academic literature on international ethics and interpret its utility in understanding debates on global responsibility, just war and intervention.
- be able to formulate a relevant research problem in the areas covered by the course, and have the ability to theorise, generalise and discuss ethical problems and solutions
- be able to contribute to a common learning environment and to group dynamic aspects of learning.
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