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College of Extended Learning

Ethics and International Politics

Subject Course No. Credit Value
Political Science POLS 3614 Three (3) credit hours

This course explores the importance of moral values and ethical reasoning and reflection in international relations. It presents the concepts, theories, methods, and traditions of ethical analysis, and applies them to a wide range of transnational and global issues such as political reconciliation, human rights, war, foreign intervention, and economic sanction. It also examines the justice of international structures, institutions, and rules, as well as their impact on issues such as the moral obligation on the part of wealthy states to provide economic assistance to poor nations or to admit a large number of refugees, the challenge of climate change and energy conservation, and the prosecution of crimes against humanity.

Instructor: Ahmad Rahmanian (please contact the instructor if you need an up-to-date syllabus)
Prerequisite: None

Why take this course?

  • Identify the challenges to the place of ethics in politics and respond to those challenges.
  • Appreciate the sources and approaches to political morality.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of different models of ethical strategies and traditions in politics.
  • Distinguish restorative and retributive justice in international relations.
  • Appreciate the tension between human rights and state sovereignty.
  • Identify the norms that govern the use of force in international politics.
  • Identify various types of intervention and justifications for them.
  • Understand issues surrounding the motives, success, and justification of economic sanction.
  • Compare and contrast two forms of liberal internationalism and their perspectives on international justice and order.
  • Recognize the problem of global governance and protection of global public goods, and explore the challenges that need to be met and ways of meeting those challenges.

Course details

Students have six months from the registration date to complete the course. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Assignments & Examinations

  • 12 x Assignments (50% total)
  • 1 x Midterm (invigilated, 20%)
  • 1 x Final Exam (invigilated, 30%)

The midterm and final exams for this course will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form.

Fees and payments

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable/non-transferable online fee per course. Learn more about fees and methods of payment.

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.

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