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The Idea of Global Justice, Key Debates, Principles and Arguments

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The Idea of Global Justice, Key Debates, Principles and Arguments: Theo Papaioannou

Seminar Description

This seminar aims to allow doctoral students to develop a critical understanding of key debates in global distributive justice, whilst focusing their attention on the application of normative theory to research of global challenges of poverty, inequality, the environment, urbanization, health and others.

The seminar will explore competing politico-theoretical approaches to global justice, principles and arguments, introducing students to normative issues and offering them the opportunity to present and debate their normative positions on specific questions.

The seminar will explore the relationships between global justice conceptual frameworks and research in themes of poverty, inequality, diffusion of innovation, economic growth, politics of inclusion as well as approaches to sustainability and social progress.

At the end of the 2-hour seminar, students will be able to discuss and analyse key debates in the theory and practice of global justice and will have a firm grounding in the normative and political contexts that continue to frame ‘development’ as just or unjust at both the local and global level.


Learning Outcomes

Students will gain:

- A critical overview of contemporary debates of global justice and analysis of key normative and political arguments which inform development policy and practice.

- An ability to apply the critical skills and theoretical knowledge acquired in development policy and practice research.

- A critical understanding of and engagement with key normative issues, themes and arenas of both politics and policy making in the arena of development.


Seminar structure:

- Three core readings and key questions for student preparation

- One lecture (30 min) by the Seminar Convenor on contemporary debates of global distributive justice

- Short reflections (5 min) by students debating a key question from the readings

- Wider discussion

- Evaluation of seminar


Assessment 


- There is no formal assessment for this seminar but students will be asked to evaluate their learning in relation to their PhD thematic areas at the end of the seminar.


Lecture by the Seminar Convenor: The Idea of Global Justice: Key Debates, Principles and Arguments

What is distributive justice? Whether principles of justice should govern the global realm? Are there universal principles of distributive justice? Should local, national and international development follow such principles? We explore the key approaches to global justice and discuss their relevance for development research. Bringing our focus to the present day, we look critically at some of the key debates and challenges that face global political theory.

Key Questions: In today’s globalising world, do our duties and obligations to other persons extend beyond state borders? Who should be governed by a global theory of distributive justice? What should be fairly distributed? How should goods be distributed? Can we apply principles of global justice in development policy and practice?


Core Readings

  • Caney S. 2005. Justice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory. Oxford, Oxford University Press. [Students should read Introduction and Chapter 4)
  • Nagel T. (2005) ‘The Problem of Global Justice’. Philosophy and Public Affairs Vol.33, N2, pp.113-147.
  • Papaioannou, T., Yanacopulos, H. and Aksoy, Z. (2009) ‘Global Justice: from Theory to Development Action’ Journal of International Development, Vol.21, pp.805-818.

Wider Readings


  • Beitz, C. R. (2005) ‘Cosmopolitanism and Global Justice’ The Journal of Ethics, Vol.9, No.1/2, pp.11-27.
  • Pogge TW. 2001. ‘Introduction: Global Justice’. In Global Justice, Pogge TW (ed.). Oxford, Blackwell Publishing.
  • Beitz C. 1999. Political Theory and International Relations. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ.
  • Brooks, T. (2008) (ed.) The Global Justice Reader, Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Brock, G. (2009) Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Buchanan, A., Cole, T. and Keohane, R. O. (2009) ‘Justice in the Diffusion of 
Innovation’ The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol.19, No.3, pp.306-332.


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