Political Philosophy II: Global Justice


Course Objective

The learning objective of this course are:
• The ability to place contemporary discussions about global justice in
a historical context
• To acquire knowledge of different theories of global justice and of
key concepts (global democracy, Millenium Goals, human rights)
• The ability to critically assess the history and theories of global
justice and to apply insights to contemporary issues

Course Content

The search for justice has been a central theme in human history. The
political and institutional implementation of the ideals of justice has
traditionally been assumed to be restricted to the confines of the
nation-state. In the last few decades the question of how justice should
be conceived of in a globalising world has gained prominence. How should
we understand different understandings of (in)justice throughout
history? What
historical experiences and changes formed the breeding ground for recent
concerns with global justice? What duties, if any, do we have towards
citizens in other parts of the world? What is the relation between human
rights and global justice? Which transnational institutional arrangement
can secure global justice? How should we deal with states that grossly
violate the rights of their citizens? Discussed will be the historical
context that gave rise to these questions and the responses to them
– from the antislavery movement of the 19th century to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 – as well as the answers provided by
among others Martha Nussbaum, David Held, Amatyra Sen, John Rawls and
Jürgen Habermas. The history and theories are discussed in the relation
with various problems, including inequality, failed states and military
conflicts. In doing so, the course will discuss historical (contextual)
and philosophical (normative) approaches as well as particular attention
will be given to the question of whether conceptions of global justice
themselves are novel, national/ regional, global or historically

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (active learning groups). Please note that
participation is mandatory.

Method of Assessment

Written exam (50%), essay (50%) and seminar assignments (pass/fail).

Entry Requirements

Mandatory courses PPE specialization Track 1: Philosophy


To be announced on canvas

Target Audience

Second year PPE students

Additional Information

Please note that participation in the seminar groups is mandatory.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) lecture and (iii) the exam, but not for the seminar groups.

Recommended background knowledge

Mandatory courses PPE specialization Track 1: Philosophy

General Information

Course Code W_JSM_212
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
Examiner dr. D.B.R. Kroeze
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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