An-Institut der Stiftung Weltethos
an der Universität Tübingen

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Ethics in International Relations

Businessman in dark office using digital tactile world interface with his finger
DozentIn Dr. Christopher Gohl 
Veranstaltungsart Seminar; Masterveranstaltung, EPG II 
Sprache Englisch 
Wochentag/Uhrzeit Dienstags, 14:00 – 16:00 Uhr c.t., Beginn: 03.11.2020 
Ort Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, 72070 Tübingen 
Voraussetzungen/ Zielgruppe Masterstudierende; Lehramtsstudierende ab dem 5. Fachsemester 
Leistungsnachweis /Prüfungsform ECTS-Credits Anwesenheit, Präsentation, Ausarbeitung bis zu 6 ECTS, für Politikwissenschaftler bis zu 8 ECTS
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Anmeldefrist 26. Oktober 2020 
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As an inquiry into responsible solutions for global problems, Ethics in International Relations is an opportunity to explore the role of governments, economic forces, and civil society in shaping a future world we have reason to value. At the core of global transformations towards a new world order lie questions about values and principles – what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, or legitimate and illegitimate. The seminar introduces students to an understanding of the role of values in shaping their own identity; the function of norms in organizing collective action; to discussions of the changing world order, and to the idea of progress. Participants of the seminar select three contemporary challenges of a globalized world – for example, the threat of pandemics, climate change, global migration, or economic injustice –, review these challenges from an ethical point of view, and learn how to exercise their own ethical judgement. How well will we live together in a shared world? 


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  • 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.