An-Institut der Stiftung Weltethos
an der Universität Tübingen

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Ethics in International Relations

DozentInDr. Christopher Gohl
VeranstaltungsartWöchentliches Seminar, Masterveranstaltung
Wochentag/ UhrzeitDienstags, 14.00-16.00 Uhr c.t., Beginn: 07.10.2023
Ort          Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, 72070 Tübingen
Voraussetzungen/ ZielgruppeMasterstudierende
Leistungsnachweis/ Prüfungsform ECTS-CreditsAktive Teilnahme, Präsentation, Hausarbeit Bis zu 6 ECTS, für Politikwissenschaftler:innen bis zu 8 ECTS
AnmeldungTo register, please send an email including your name, date and place of birth, student number, and address to Please also indicate your major concentration and how many semesters of study you have completed.
Anmeldefrist06. Oktober 2023
Max. TeilnehmerInnenzahl24


  • Amstutz, Mark R. (2018): International Ethics. Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics (5. Aufl.). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. 
  • Brown, Garrett W. & Held, David (Hrsg.) (2010): The Cosmopolitan Reader. Cambridge: Polity.
  • Kant, I. (2010). Idea of Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose. In Brown, Garret W. & Held, David (Hrsg.) (2010): The Cosmopolitan Reader. (S. 17–26). Cambridge: Polity. 
  • Kissinger, Henry (2014): World Order. Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. London: Penguin Group.  
  • Küng, Hans (1997): A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
  • Shapcott, Richard (2010): International Ethics. A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.


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 – in recent examples, the challenges of a pandemic, of climate change, of forced migration, the future constitution of Europe, or the responsibility of business for global sustainable development –, 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?