PSCI 334
Theorizing Global Justice Spring 2014
Division II
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While economic exchanges, cultural convergence, and technological innovations have brought people in different parts of the world closer together than ever before, globalization has also amplified differences in material wealth and social inequalities. Ill health, inadequate sanitation, and lack of access to safe drinking water are increasingly common. Yet, more than ever before, the means exist in affluent regions of the world to alleviate the worst forms of suffering and enhance the well-being of the poorest people. How are we to understand this contradiction as a matter of justice? What is the relationship between justice and equality, and what do we owe one another in a deeply divided world? Course readings will engage your thinking on the central debates in moral philosophy, normative approaches to international political economy, and grassroots efforts to secure justice for women and other severely disadvantaged groups. Key theorists include John Rawls, Onora O’Neill, Thomas Pogge, Paul Farmer, Amartya Sen, Martha Nussbaum, Manfred Steger, Saskia Sassen, Susan George, Vandana Shiva, Majid Rahnema and Gustavo Esteva.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 14
Class#: 3426
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: oral presentation and three papers (3 pages, 7 pages and 8-10 pages)
Prerequisites: at least one course in political theory or philosophy or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors and concentrators in Political Theory
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVP SC-B Group Electives
LGST Interdepartmental Electives
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