Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2020-21.
Stage 3 only. This module is not available to short term/exchange students.
OverviewThe aim of this module is to explore the role of ethics in international politics. We examine the meaning of morality and ethical judgement in the context of a number of issues and practices in international relations, including wars, terrorism, human rights, global inequality and multinational corporations. Students will critically assess the ethical practices of states and non-state actors through theoretical analysis, case studies and simulation exercises
This module appears in:
11 lectures and 11 seminars
Method of assessment
50% Coursework (2 seminar simulations (15%), 3000 word essay (35%)); 50% exam
Amstutz M International Ethics: Concepts, Theories and Cases in Global Politics, 3rd ed., Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008
Bell, D., ed. Ethics and World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2010.
Walzer M Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations, New York: Basic Books, 2006
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Understand the complexity of ethical issues and the extent to which ethical judgements are applicable to international practice
- Summarise and critically assess the dominant theories of international ethics
- Understand and evaluate critical approaches to international morality in light of universalist and particularist arguments
- Evaluate the ethics of key practices of international politics
- Assess the role of human rights in international politics
- Apply theoretical perspectives to case studies
- Identify the practical and ethical problems and limits of international law, state sovereignty, and international justice with regard to key state and non-state practices.