ETHICS 207 A: Issues of Global Justice

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
BAG 131
Joint Sections: 
POL S 217 A, PHIL 207 A
A man in a grey jacket standing in front of a brick wall.
Gregg Miller

Additional Details:

In the 21st century, issues of justice often transcend national borders.  This course will discuss global justice through a lens focused on issues of global injustice.  After a brief introduction to moral reasoning and reasoning about justice, this course will address a number of issues of global injustice, including but not limited to: 

Global poverty:  Do the wealthy nations have an obligation to those in severe poverty (living on the equivalent of less than $1.90 per day)?  If so, what should they do?  

Global Inequality:  Even if global poverty were eliminated, there would still be large inequalities in wealth between different countries.  Do the wealthy nations have an obligation to reduce or eliminate those inequalities?  If so, how?

Colonialism:  Did the colonial powers treat the people they colonized unjustly?  Do the colonial powers owe reparations of any kind to the peoples they colonized?  If so, what kinds of reparations? 

Immigration:  Should everyone in the world have a right to move to any place they would like to live?  What kinds of limits on immigration, if any, can be justified? 

Cultural Relativism:  Are our own standards of justice and injustice simply artifacts of our own Western culture that do not apply to other cultures?  Is this entire course simply a continuation of Western imperialism?

The Global Status of Women:  What obligations do nations have to promote equality for their women citizens?  Are these obligations culturally relative?

            Students will use Poll Everywhere to respond to questions for credit in lecture, will do three short (1-2 page) writing assignments, will write one 5-page paper, and take a midterm and a final exam.  10% of the final grade will be based on participation in activities in section.  Satisfies I&S requirement and the context course requirement for the Human Rights Minor. 

            Course readings will be available in Canvas and online.

Catalog Description: 
Introduces issues of global justice. Topics include: global poverty and aid, immigration, transnational governance, gender in global relations, climate change, and cultural relativism. Offered: jointly with PHIL 207/POL S 217.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 1, 2021 - 11:24pm