POLIS 2124 - Global Justice and International Order

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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?).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2124
    Course Global Justice and International Order
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    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
    Assessment 2000 word research essay (40%), closed-book, in class test (40%), tutorial attendance, tasks and participation (20%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Tiziana Torresi

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 critically discuss a number of normative theoretical frameworks for thinking about global politics
    and justice
    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
    University Graduate Attributes

    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 Modes
    Interactive 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 Summary
    Week 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
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Information available on enrolment.
    Assessment Detail
    Information available on enrolment.
    Information available on enrolment.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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