POLIS 2124 - Global Justice and International Order
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code POLIS 2124 Course Global Justice and International Order Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Incompatible POLI 2124 Course Description Which changes in the international system in the last decades are to be considered positive developments, and which are to be judged as negative? What parameters can we use in making these judgments? This course attempts to explore the current state of the debate on some of the most important questions about what is just and what is unjust in the international arena. We will be asking mainly normative questions, questions about right and wrong, but also exploring the reality of the international system and the dynamics of international politics. We will examine major themes in global justice: global poverty and inequality (what are the duties of people in developed countries to people in developing countries? Are they different to what we owe fellow citizens? is global poverty caused mostly by local factors or is it caused by features of the international political and economic order? What changes in the global political structure would improve global justice?); theories of human rights (What rights do human beings have? Who is responsible for their protection?); cosmopolitan democracy and global governance (What should be the mechanisms of decision making on issues with a global impact? Does the fact of contemporary global economic and political integration mean that we should have global democratic procedures?).
Course Coordinator: Dr Tiziana Torresi
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 critically discuss a number of normative theoretical frameworks for thinking about global politics
2 understand the international political system and the dynamics of political change 3 research, synthesize and present written arguments to a high standard 4 read reflectively and critically a diverse range of texts and to critically evaluate arguments 5 use information technology to find and organize information about politics 6 engage in constructive and respectful discussion in a seminar setting and work
cooperatively in a group
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6, 7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4, 5, 6, 7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 6, 7
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesInteractive lectures are used to explore the theoretical frameworks, both critical and normative, that are central to the issues discussed in the course. In the tutorials students have the opportunity to apply the theoretical tools acquired though the readings and lectures on case studies through guided activities and discussions as well as group work.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Three contact hours per week (2 lectures and 1 tutorial). You should plan on devoting
around 6-8 hours per week on independent study as well, for research, reading,
preparing for tutorials and writing assignments. This is only indicative of the time required.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction: Ethics and International Politics
Week 2: Global Distributive Justice 1: Cosmopolitanism
Week 3: Global Distributive Justice 2: Social Liberalism
Week 4: Human Rights
Week 5: Citizens of the World
Week 6: Private Actors, Public Roles?
Week 7: Migrants and Refugees
Week 8: The Global Governance of Migration
Week 9: Women and Globalization
Week 10: Children of Globalization
Week 11: Global Environmental Justice
Week 12: Summing up
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