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Ethics and International Relations

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Kod przedmiotu: WSM.INP-SDM-9ang Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 14.6 / (0312) Politologia i wiedza o społeczeństwie
Nazwa przedmiotu: Ethics and International Relations
Jednostka: Instytut Nauk Politycznych i Stosunków Międzynarodowych
Punkty ECTS i inne: 4.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2019/2020" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2020-02-24 - 2020-06-14
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Wykład, 30 godzin, 60 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves
Prowadzący grup: Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves
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Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Egzamin
Cele kształcenia:

This course aims to foster a particular mindset and analytical approach that encourages students to think about applied international ethics in a more rigorous and systematic manner. The goal is to equip students with the ability to apply ethical principles to international phenomena.

Efekty kształcenia:


LO1: Has good understanding of normative systems shaping international relations

LO2: Understands the meaning and complexity of culturally embedded ethical theories

LO3: Can practically analyze international relations from the perspective of international ethics

LO4: Can prepare a presentation or essay on ethical aspects of international relations

LO5: During discussions can present his/her views on ethical dimensions of international relations

Wymagania wstępne:

Good command of the English language.

Forma i warunki zaliczenia:

Class attendence. Fiinal written exam based on the content of lectures and obligatory readings.

Metody sprawdzania i kryteria oceny efektów kształcenia uzyskanych przez studentów:

LO1-LO5 final exam and class discussion.

Metody dydaktyczne - słownik:

Metody problemowe - metody aktywizujące - dyskusja dydaktyczna
Metody problemowe - wykład konwersatoryjny
Metody problemowe - wykład problemowy

Metody dydaktyczne:

Lectures and class discussion based on case studies and literature analysis.

Bilans punktów ECTS:

Wykłady: 30 godzin (1 ETCS)

Praca własna studentów: przygotowanie tekstów obowiązkowych, przygotowanie do ezgzaminu końcowego: 60 godzin (2 ECTS)

Sylabus przedmiotu dla studentów rozpoczynających studia od roku akademickiego 19/20:

stosunki międzynarodowe
stosunki międzynarodowe

Skrócony opis:

This course examines the complex relationship between ethics and politics in international affairs. Starting with an overview of different perspectives on the role of ethics and morality in international relations, the course then explores the ethical dimensions of issues central to foreign policy and the study of world politics, including the use of force, human rights, and global distributive justice. This course aims to foster a particular mindset and analytical approach that encourages students to think about applied international ethics in a more rigorous and systematic manner. The goal is to equip students with the ability to apply ethical principles to international phenomena. To accomplish this goal, this course will focus on developing and strengthening student's writing, analytical and critical thinking. Upon completion of this course, students will have learned different theoretical approaches to the study of ethics and international affairs, main concepts, and the parameters of key debates. This course will also enable students to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments, perspectives, and viewpoints.

Pełny opis:


Please note that Amstutz always refers to the textbook first mentioned in class 1

Class 1

Introduction: main ethical theories (virtue ethics, deontological ethic, utilitarianism, Christian ethics, Buddhist ethics, emotivism)

Reading: Mark R. Amstutz, International Ethics: Concepts, Theories and Cases in Global Politics, Lanham, 2013, chap. 1 (available in the Politics Library, Jablonowskich 5).

Class 2

Realism vs. Idealism and normativism in international relations. Global justice.

Amstutz, International Ethics: Concepts, Theories and Cases in Global Politics, chap. 3 (available in the Politics Library, Jablonowskich 5)

Kimberly Hutchings (1992) ‘The Possibility of Judgment: Moralizing and Theorizing in International Relations’, Review of International Studies 18(2): 51-62.

Steve Smith (2004) ‘Singing our World into Existence: International Relations Theory and September 11’, International Studies Quarterly, 48(3): 499-515.

Class 3

International human rights and human dignity.

Tony Evans (2005) ‘International Human Rights Law as Power/Knowledge’, Human Rights Quarterly, 27(3): 1046-1068.

‘Ethics, Human Rights and Globalization’, Lecture by Mary Robinson UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, University of Tübingen, Germany, 21 January 2002 (available online)

John Tasioulas, Human Rights, Legitimacy, and International Law’, The American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 58, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 1–25 Online https://academic.oup.com/ajj/article/58/1/1/152203

Class 4

Global economic inequality and global justice

John Rawls, The Law of Peoples §15 and §16 of (available online)

Thomas Pogge, World Poverty and Human Rights, second ed., Cambridge: Polity, 2008, chap. 4. (available in Library, Jablonowskich 5 st.).

Onora O’Neill, ‘Bounded and Cosmopolitan Justice’, Review of International Studies, 2000, Vol. 26, pp. 45-60.

Class 5

World poverty: human rights and responsibility.

Thomas Pogge, World Poverty and Human Rights, pp. 1-33.

Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”, in Global Ethics: Seminal Essays, ed. T. Pogge, K. Horton, Paragon House 2008. (in the Library, also available online).

Sujeet Sennik ‘I designed that cheap garment. I lit that factory fire in Bangladesh’, The Globe and Mail, Jan. 18, 2013 (available online)

Class 6

Global or national responsibility? The ethics of international economic relations.

Samuel Scheffler, “Individual Responsibility in a Global Age” in Global Ethics: Seminal essays or online.

David Miller, National responsibility and global justice, Oxford, New York, OUP, 2007, ch. 8,9,10.

Thomas Nagel, ‘The Problem of Global Justice’, Philosophy and Public Affairs 33(2), 2005. Available online.


Refugees and ethics of immigration.

Joe Carens ‘Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders’ in The Review of Politics, 1987, 49(2), pp. 251-73.

Alexander Betts, “The Normative Terrain of the Global Refugee Regime”, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 29, Winter, 2015. online:


David Hollenbach, ‘Borders and Duties to the Displaced: Ethical Perspectives on the Refugee Protection System’, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Vol. 4 No. 3 (2016), pp. 148-165.

Class 8

Citizenship, Borders, Sovereignty

John Williams (2003), ‘Territorial Borders, International Ethics and Geography: Do Good Fences Still Make Good Neighbours?’, Geopolitics, 8(2): 25-46.

Christien van den Anker (2006) ‘Trafficking and Women’s Rights: Beyond the Sex Industry to ‘Other Industries’, Journal of Global Ethics, 2(2): 163-182.

Andrew Linklater (1998) ‘Cosmopolitan Citizenship’, (1998) Citizenship Studies, 2(1):23-41.

Class 9

The Ethics of War and peace

Amstutz, chap. 7

Neta Crawford, ‘Just War Theory and the U.S. Counterterror War’, Perspectives on Politics, 1(1), pp. 5-25, 2003.

Michael Walzer (2002) ‘The Triumph of Just War Theory (and the Dangers of Success), Social Research, 69(4), pp. 925-944. Or reprinted in an edited book.

Class 10

The moral basis of humanitarian intervention. Limits of state sovereignty.

Amstutz, chap. 9.

Emitai Etzioni, ‘Defining Down Sovereignty: The Rights and Responsibilities of Nations’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 30, Spring 2016.

Dan Bulley, ‘Home is Where the Human is? Ethics, Intervention and Hospitality in Kosovo’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 29(1), 2010, pp. 43-63.

Responsibility to Protect, UN Doctrine (for all, not for the responses)

Class 11

Irregular war and counterterrorism.

Amstutz, chap. 8.

D. Rodin, “The Ethics of Asymmetric Warfare.” In The Ethics of War, edited by Richard Sorabji and David Rodin, 153-167. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2006. Available online.

A. Buchanan and R. Keohane, ‘Toward a Drone Accountability Regime’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 2015, pp. 15-37.

Class 12

Workshop on ethics of war. Details TBA

Class 13

Responsibility for climate change and environment

Amstutz, chap. 2

Henry Shue, “Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions”, in Global Ethics: Seminal Essays, ed. T. Pogge, K. Horton, Paragon House 2008.

Sujatha Byravan and Sudhir Chella Rajan, ‘The Ethical Implications of Sea-Level Rise Due to Climate Change’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 2010, pp. 239-260.

Class 14

The shape and future of global governance.

Roland Paris, ‘Global Governance and Power Politics: Back to Basics’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 4, 2015.

Joy Gordon, ‘Select Accountability and Global Governance: The Case of Iraq’, Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2006.

Jan Klabbers, ‘Law, Ethics and Global Governance: Accountability in Perspective’, Keynote Address delivered at the 20th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law in Wellington, July 2012 (available online).

Class 15

A documentary and discussion.



Global Ethics: Seminal Essays, ed. T. Pogge, K. Horton, Paragon House 2008.

M.R. Amstutz, Ethics and International Relations: Concepts, Theories and Cases in Global Politics, Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

T. Pogge, World Poverty and Human Rights, Cambridge, Polity Press 2008 (selected chapters).

J.H. Rosenthal, C. Barry (eds.), Ethics and International Affairs: A Reader, Georgetown University Press, Washington, 2009.

Journal „Ethics and International Affairs” (selected articles from recent volumes).

“Journal of Global Ethics” (selected articles)

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Właścicielem praw autorskich jest Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie.