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William J. Talbott
PHIL 207
Seattle Campus

Issues of Global Justice

Introduces issues of global justice. Topics include: global poverty and aid, immigration, transnational governance, gender in global relations, climate change, and cultural relativism. Offered: jointly with POL S 207/VALUES 207.

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In the 21st century, issues of justice will often transcend national borders. This course will introduce you to these pressing issues – and to a variety of disciplinary approaches that are useful in understanding them. After a brief introduction to moral reasoning and reasoning about justice, this course will address a number of issues of global justice, including: Global poverty and aid: Do the wealthy nations have an obligation to help the world’s poor? If so, what should they do? Should there be special attention to the status of women in developing countries? Immigration: Should everyone in the world have a right to move to any place they would like to live? What kinds of limits on immigration, if any, can be justified? Transnational governance: Should there be a single world democracy? If not, should there be other transnational institutions—for example, an international criminal court to enforce human rights? Climate change: What obligations, if any, do the nations of the developed world have to prevent or alleviate climate change? What obligations, if any, do the nations of the less developed world have? Cultural relativism: Are the ideas of justice, human rights, and democracy discussed in this course merely Western ideas or are they of global applicability? Students will write one 3-page paper, one 5-page paper, and a final exam. Satisfies I&S requirement and the context course requirement for the Human Rights Minor. Offered jointly with POL S 207 and VALUES 207. TEXT: No Textbook Required.

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Last Update by Annette R. Bernier
Date: 11/18/2013