ANU-PAAE8002:Global Justice

Subject XNTS70031 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Melbourne Students will normally take this subject on-line

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week or online
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week.
Prerequisites: Enrolment in the MA(Professional and Applied Ethics), the Post graduate certificate in Professional Ethics or the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Ethics or with permission of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in a 3 year undergraduate degree of equivalent.
Non Allowed Subjects: This subject was peviously offered with the code 922-504. Students who have completed 922-504 are not elibile to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


For ANU enrolments please contact the Arts and Music student centre with regards to Cross Insitutional arrangements. Arts & Music Student Centre

Dr Christian Barry

Andrew Alexandra

Subject Overview: Under what conditions is it ethically permissible (or indeed obligatory) for countries to use military force against each other or against armed groups within other countries? How should we make decisions about whether the use of force internationally is warranted? Are the high levels of poverty and extreme inequalities that characterize our world ethically defensible? If they are not defensible, then who is obliged to do something about them? Should universal environmental standards bind all countries? If so, then who is responsible for ensuring that all countries can meet them at reasonable cost? Are sovereign states outdated artefacts, or should they remain an important mode of political organization? These are some of the difficult and practically urgent questions of international ethics and global justice, and you probably already have some ideas about how they ought to be answered. This course will familiarize students with some of the systematic approaches that moral and political philosophers have developed for addressing these kinds of questions in recent decades

When successfully completed, students will have developed a good theoretical understanding both of central and current issues in Global Justice Ethics and of some key philosophical issues of importance to applied ethics more generally.


indicative assessment: 6,000 word essay (90%) and class participation (10%).

Prescribed Texts: The subject coordinator will advise students of the necessary reading at the start of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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Notes: This course is available for on-campus and off-campus (correspondence) students. On-campus students will meet with the Convener once a week to discuss readings and the conceptual materials gained by the reading materials. Distance students will participate in on-line forums for discussion of class reading materials, which students will be expected to participate in. This is the best way for off-campus students to interact with the class.
Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Ethics
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Ethics

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