Ethics & International Relations

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This course provides a theoretical and historical analysis of the ethical permutation of international relations discourse based on the premise that a sound understanding of contemporary practice and debates requires grounding in their historical and theoretical roots and foundations. To help close the gap between theory and practice we explore issues that integrate rigorous thinking about principles of justice and morality into discussions of practical dilemmas related to current policy developments, global institutional arrangements, and the conduct of important international actors. Theoretical discussions that originate in philosophy, religion, or the social science should connect with the interests of journalist, activists, policy-makers, and citizens who are primarily concerned with assessing and reforming specific policies, as well as existing rule and institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund; arrangements governing trade, environmental protection, and the use of force; and the International Criminal Court and ad hoc tribunals that address genocide and past societal injustices.


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Government and International Studies

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