The Ethics of Poverty
Course Code: PUBLG007
Course Tutor: Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15
About this course
According to what ethical principles should international institutions be organised? Are international institutions, like the WTO, violating the rights of the poor across the world? Are we in affluent countries responsible for violating the rights of the poor? Is poverty itself a human rights violation? What is development and how does it relate to human rights? Should international law be reformed to address global inequality? This module addresses international and global justice standards by looking at specific accounts of justice and rights and applying these to institutional questions of international significance. The module covers theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks such as cosmopolitanism, statism and self-determination, in order develop answers to these questions. Students are encouraged to take up positions and defend them in debate in preparation for writing an essay that sets out a clear argument.