Justice in Politics and International Relations

Course NameJustice in Politics and International Relations
Course CodePOS381
DescriptionThe aim of this course is to introduce students to the main philosophical debates about the meaning of justice in domestic politics and international and transnational political and economic relations (as political theorists make a distinction between “international justice” and “global justice”). One of the main educational goals of this course is to draw the attention of students to the importance of deep understanding and critical assessment of the arguments about justice used in public discourse, which in the absence of respect for methodological rigor quickly slips into intellectual anarchy and cheap populism that make social cohesion, political consensus, economic progress and fruitful international cooperation difficult to achieve. While in the course of the semester the ideas of the great thinkers of the past will be invoked, the central focus will always be on the concepts and arguments which are still relevant today, both for political and economic theory and for political and economic practice.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Outline and analyze the main theories of justice;
– Comprehend and have a clear understanding of the fundamental disagreements between various approaches to social and economic justice;
– Compare and contrast the ways these theories are applied in practice by active participants in contemporary social, political, and economic life;
– Assess the practical consequences of the application of various conceptions of justice in social and economic policy making in a variety of contexts.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS