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On completion of this course you will be able to:
• explain some key concerns, concepts, debates, and theories on global justice (LO1)
• distinguish between the normative, conceptual, and empirical background assumptions of claims about global justice (LO2)
• explain the interaction of concerns regarding international, intergenerational, procedural, rectificatory etc. dimensions of justice in the context of climate change (LO3)
• identify the strengths and weaknesses of normative political theory arguments (LO4)
• develop informed arguments for taking one or another particular position on controversial issues regarding global justice (LO5)
Please note that LA5 is the most important learning outcome and that the other learning outcomes serve as means to this end.
We will look at political responses to climate chaos from a normative perspective analysing principles that should guide our actions. Questions we will discuss are e.g. Do the industrialised states who contributed most to climate change owe compensation to the developing states who suffer most? Should green house gas emissions be distributed on a equal per capita basis? Or should they track how dependent people are on emissions for a decent life? Is the ability to help a strong enough reason to impose duties of justice? etc.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Basic familiarity with the methods and approaches in normative political theory is highly recommended.
Some background knowledge regarding theories of justice is helpful.
Fabre, C. (2007) Justice in a Changing World, Cambridge: Polity Press (320.011 FAB slc).
McKinnon, C. (ed.) (2015). Issues in Political Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press (320.01 MCK).
Swift, A. (2013) Political Philosophy. A Beginners' Guide for Students and Politicians, Third Edition. Revised and Expanded ed, Cambridge: Polity Press (320.01 SWI).
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Research design||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Peer review||Week 9||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Text analysis||Week 3||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 5000 - 7500 words||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Presentation: 3 minute presentation||Week 5||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Feedback will be provided to students within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in accordance with university policy.
|Assoc Professor Iseult Honohan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Ms Sadhbh O'Neill||Tutor|