347Calla07w - Political Science 347 Ethics in World...

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Political Science 347 Patrick Callahan E t h i c s i n W o r l d P o l i t i c s W i n t e r , 2 0 0 7 Office and Hours 990 W. Fullerton, #2110 MWF 2:30-3:30; other times by appointment Phones: (773) 325-7338 (office) (630) 264-0773 (home) email: [email protected] [Notice that there is no n in the address.] Course overview This course examines the role of morality in world politics. The topic entails three general questions: (1) What are the appropriate moral norms for international relations? (2) Where do those norms come from? (3) When, to what extent, under what circumstances, and how do moral norms matter to what happens in international affairs? In addressing those questions, class discussion and readings will emphasize the third of those questions. In doing so, it will highlight four theoretical approaches(or paradigms) for understanding international relations in general and the role of morality in particular: realism, moralism, liberal lnternationalism (sometimes labeled liberalism), and constructivitism. We will examine four cases of the application of moral norms to international affairs which together reflect the four paradigms and provide information on which to base a judgment about the role of morality in world politics. Texts Fiona Terry, Condemned to Repeat?: The Paradox of Humanitarian Action . (Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press, 2002) Elizabeth Neuffer, The Key to My Neighbor’s House: Seeking Justice in Bosnia and Rwanda. (St. Martin’s/Picador, 2001) Daniel C. Thomas, The Helsinki Effect: International Norms, Human Rights, and the Demise of Communism . (Princeton University Press, 2001) Neta C. Crawford, Argument and Change in World Politics: Ethics, Decolonization and Humanitarian Intervention . (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) Expectations : Of the students : o Regular attendance. Missing one class is the same as missing one week. o Being on time for class; habitual tardiness indicates a lack of respect for the instructor and the rest of the class, a disinterest in the class, or a lack of self-discipline. o Being prepared to discuss the assigned readings, which means (1) reading the materials carefully enough to have identified its basic argument, (2) formulating questions, and (3) reviewing notes before class so that one’s memory of the materials is fresh. o Taking care of personal needs before class begins; leaving the room while class is meeting is rude and distracting and should happen, if at all, only under severe and exceptional circumstances. o Paying attention in class. o Participating actively in discussion. o Respecting the other students in the class, which means, among other things, paying attention to the points they make and taking their ideas seriously enough to argue against, 1
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