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BAEcon Economics

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Ethical Issues in World Politics

Unit code POLI30322
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

This course involves studying the moral aspects of a variety of principle issues in contemporary world politics. Its main aim is to introduce students to a number of ethical difficulties surrounding identifying and applying ethical principles to aspects of world politics such as war and human rights. We will begin by asking the question if, and to what extent, moral action is possible in international politics. As such the course starts by analysing theoretical approaches to the place of ethics in world politics, and then moves to consider specific issues such as war, human rights, the politics of the human and torture.

Aims

The objectives of the course are both general and subject specific. The former includes the development of oral skills through general discussion and presentations, written and analytical skills through the assessed essay and critical thinking tasks and finally, research skills from the use and assessment of large amounts of complex and often contradictory material. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should attain the subject-specific objectives of an advanced undergraduate level ability to:

• Identify, describe and analyse the conflicts of value and priority within the dominant approaches to ethics in world politics;

• Identify and critically assess the assumptions that underpin specific ethical positions and arguments;

• Outline, compare and evaluate competing understandings of a specific ethical issue;

• Understand and critically engage with the possibilities and limits of universality in world politics;

• Develop your own ethical position as a critical evaluation of both theories and practices of ethics in world politics.

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be taught on the basis of ten weekly three-hour workshops . The workshops have been carefully designed as a form of enquiry-based learning (EbL). They provide you with as much opportunity as possible for you to participate, discuss, apply, enhance and problematise your knowledge. The amount of knowledge you will gain from the workshop experience is dependent upon your preparation, willingness to participate and ability to share information. Learning is deep, dynamic, participatory, and a group endeavour including your peers as well as the course convenor. Workshop readings are listed under each subject heading in the course guide. There will be 10 workshop meetings during the year

Assessment methods

Essay: 4,500 words worth 70%
Poster Presentation15%
Group Learning Logs x 3 worth 15%

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff

Recommended reading

Pin-Fat, Véronique (2010) Universality, Ethics and International Relations: A Grammatical Reading. London: Routledge.

Bell, Duncan (2010) Ethics and World Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Includes further online resources)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Practical classes & workshops 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Veronique Pin-Fat Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Information
This course is available to all students.


Length of course: 10 weeks

Timetable
2017-18

For lecture timetable see www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/intranet/ug/useful/

URL
http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/politics/undergraduate/courses/gv3321/gv3321.htm

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