An-Institut der Stiftung Weltethos
an der Universität Tübingen

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Ethics in International Relations


Dr. Christopher Gohl

Type of Course

Seminar; Master’s course, EPG II

Hours per Week




Max. no. of participants



To register, please send an email including your name, date and place of birth student number and address to the Global Ethic Institute: Please also indicate your major concentration and how many semesters of study you have completed.

Registration deadline

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

Planned start

Wednesday, 21th October 2015

Date / Time

Wednesday, 2-4 pm



Hintere Grabenstraße 26


Target Group

Masters students; Lehramtsstudierende (having studied 5 semesters and more)

Method of Assessment

Attendance, Presentation, Paper


up to 6 ECTS, for Political Scientists up to 8 ECTS


·         Beck, Ulrich (2006): The Cosmopolitan Vision. Cambridge: Polity Press.

·         Brown, Garrett W. & Held, David (Hrsg.) (2010): The Cosmopolitan Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press.

·         Kissinger, Henry (2014): World Order. Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. London: Penguin Group.

·         Nussbaum, Martha C. (2011): Creating Capabilities. The Human Development Approach. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press.

·         Shapcott, Richard (2010): International Ethics. A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.


The world order is changing. The attempt of old and new powers to extend their spheres of influence, the emergence of global risk regimes, the forces of economic development, and the struggle of civil societies for recognition are all factors in the historic evolution towards a new world order. At the core of these transformations are questions about values and principles – what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, or legitimate and illegitimate. Different cultures, religions, and ideologies are giving different answers, in effect contesting accepted norms and procedures of global governance, international law and human rights law. This seminar addresses three contemporary examples of fundamental normative challenges of a globalized world – the quest for a new world order, global economic justice, and the question of refugees. It introduces students to an understanding of the role of values in organizing human action, to the standards of cosmopolitan ethics, and to its critics. Students will learn to judge tendencies towards clash and conflict, or towards cooperation and convergence. How well will we live together in a shared world?