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AT UCL

PUBGL081 Global Ethics
This course critically examines some of the most pressing ethical questions (questions concerning what we ought morally to do) arising in the contemporary international arena. Focusing on recent debates in global justice and political theory, the course introduces students to a range of views on the scope of moral duties that exist between states and individuals at the global level, and critically examines key normative challenges that arise from the global political interaction between states, international governmental organizations, NGOS and other key players.

The course is divided into three parts:

I) Approaches to global justice: examining key perspectives on the nature and scope of global justice (cosmopolitanism, statism, realism, utilitarianism)

II) Legitimacy and representation: examining normative challenges concerning the structure and function of international agents like IGOs and NGOs.

III) Ethics and Global Governance: examining ethical challenges that arise within various global governance regimes: immigration, climate change, international trade and the international use of force.

PUBGLO8 Contemporary Political Philosophy

This course critically examines the ethical and philosophical questions surrounding the relationship between the individual and the political authority, with a particular focus on how these questions have been addressed by contemporary Anglo-American analytic political philosophers. The course is divided into two parts. the first part examines whether states (or at least some states) have the right to rule and their citizens have the obligation to obey the state’s commands. What are the grounds of these rights and obligations? Is the state’s right to rule compatible with the autonomy of the individual? Do citizens ever have the right to engage in civil disobedience? And under what circumstances may groups within the state withdraw their loyalty and secede? the second part examines the concept and normative justification of democracy.

POLS6012 Theories and Concepts of Politics

The course introduces students to key concepts in contemporary political theory, and to some of the leading political ideologies that have guided political actors in modern liberal societies. Issues and questions that are covered in the course include: what is political authority? Do we have an obligation to obey the law? Should societies strive for socio-economic equality? Is socialist utopia desirable? Do animals have rights? Students will critically engage with various philosophical positions on these questions and develop their own views about them. While the inquiry will focus principally on abstract philosophical texts, we will continually connect the answers we explore to contemporary political and moral controversies. The course is divided into two parts. The first five weeks examine and discuss some fundamental political concepts: political authority, political obligations, liberty, equality, and democracy. The final four weeks are devoted to the analysis of four prominent political ideologies – , liberalism, socialism feminism and green ideology – and the way they organise key political concepts into coherent systems of thought.

PUBGL031 Global Citizenship and Democracy (2009-10)

Political theory is traditionally concerned with normative principles for a just society. But processes of globalisation are setting new challenges. With national borders becoming increasingly porous to external influences (economic, political, cultural), new questions arise for political theorists about the meaning of citizenship and democracy in a globalised world. This module takes up these issues, by considering the transformation of political concepts such as citizenship and identity, democracy, representation, political rights and political obligations in a globalised world.

At Essex University

GV151 Conceptual Foundations of Politics

GV201 Introduction to Political Theory

GV544 Problems of Global Justice

GV908 Political Theory (MA/PhD)


At Stanford University

POLSCI136 Introduction to Global Ethics


At Oxford University

Theory of Politics

Theory and Practice of Democracy

Theories of the State

The Philosophy of Karl Marx