Global Justice & Human Rights in an International Order
Course Code: PUBLG007
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15
About this course
Some of the most prominent liberal political philosophers have argued that we owe each other less as members of the global community than as members of local, or national, communities. Justifications for this kind of view have a long and varied history and the course will seek to examine their cogency against the body of theories which style themselves cosmopolitan, meaning they do not make a principled local–global distinction in matters of justice. Clarity on these questions will be essential in approaching the concept of human rights as valid moral claims.
This half-unit course will cover the basic moral theory behind human rights and examine the policy ramifications of adopting any one view on the proper extent of human-rights-based duties. Much emphasis will be placed on developing students’critical skills in analysing and evaluating different theories of international justice, including those found in contemporary works by John Rawls, Charles Beitz and Henry Shue.