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POL3129 : Global Justice

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johannes Kniess
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To introduce students to key debates, theories and thinkers in the field of Global Political Philosophy
•       To develop an understanding of normative reasoning and to apply it to international affairs
•       To provide students with the opportunity to discuss contemporary world events through the lens of political philosophy

Outline Of Syllabus

The focus of the module lies on the assessment of normative judgements: which developments in international affairs are to be welcomed, and which should be resisted? Moving from fundamental conceptual and theoretical questions to applied problems, the course provides an overview of some of the main debates in Global Political Philosophy. The topics covered may include:

•       Cosmopolitanism
•       Statism, Nationalism and Self-Determination
•       Global Economic Justice
•       Theories of Human Rights
•       Climate Change and Justice
•       Fairness in International Trade
•       The Ethics of Migration
•       Just War and Humanitarian Intervention

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials112:0022:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present in person seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk111:0011:00PiP Student Consultation and Feedback
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Lectures introduce and explain key ideas, concepts and theories in Global Political Theory, providing students with an overview of the field
•       Seminars provide an opportunity for students to develop their analytical and oral skills by discussing texts and debates, presenting and receiving feedback. Seminars are a forum to test, apply and mutually reinforce knowledge
•       In between sessions, students familiarise themselves with the required readings, preparing questions and comments

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 words
Essay2M502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The aim of the essays is for students to demonstrate their ability to develop a coherent, clear and rigorous argument in support of a specific thesis. It also tests their ability to plan and execute independent research, including a critical engagement with the relevant literature.

Reading Lists