Ethics and International Affairs

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Ethics and International Affairs

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, International Affairs, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 PHIL or POLS pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will examine some important topics that lie at the interaction of moral philosphy and international relations, including war and just-war theory, humanitarian aid and intervention, and nationalism and state-hood. This course is also able to be taken towards majors in INTP or POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:
    1. demonstrate an in depth understanding of a variety of debates in the field of ethics and
    international affairs
    2. critically evaluate a variety of arguments in the field of ethics and international affairs using
    established methods of formal or informal logic
    3. analyse or elucidate complex ideas and concepts in the field of international affairs.

    In-class tests- 20%
    1 essay (approx. 2500 words)- 30%
    Take-home final test0 50%

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