Political Science 333
Seminar: Ethics and International Relations
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Office Hours: Wed. 10am-noon, Thurs. 1-3pm, and by appointment.
This seminar will address various issues relating to the normative dimensions of international relations.
Among the topics addressed will be ethical constraints on the use of force, the tension between human rights
and state sovereignty, the ethical implications of the global economy and multinational corporations, and the
difficulties involved in applying traditional standards of moral judgment to the international sphere.
be a demanding course, in terms of the work load required, the quality of work expected from you, and, at
times, the complexity of the subject matter.
It is imperative not only that you attend each class meeting, but
that you do all the readings and come prepared to contribute constructively to discussion.
Grading for the course will be determined on the following basis:
term paper (see below)
analytical papers (see below)
10% each (x2)
(Class participation means
active, thoughtful, and informed participation
; regular attendance is a minimum
Each student will be required, over the course of the semester, to write
two short analytical papers
pages, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1.25” margins) focusing on Discussion
Questions relating to the readings for each unit (or, if approved in advance by me, on other issues raised by the
readings that may be of particular interest to the student).
These papers should reflect not only a clear grasp of
the subject matter for the topic, but
original analytical and/or critical thought.
summaries of the material.
Papers for a given unit will be due no later than the beginning of the class period
designated for that unit.
(For example, if you were writing a paper for unit 2, the paper would be due at the
beginning of class on Jan. 30.)
Students writing analytical papers for any given unit will be expected
lead discussion for that class
This means that you should think in terms of how your analysis might serve as a
point of departure for general discussion.
(You might even wish to come up with a question or two of your
own, related to your analysis, to help frame discussion.)
The other written assignment will be a
of approximately 20 pages
in length (again, with
12-point Times New Roman font and 1.25” margins), due in my office by
noon on Monday, May 7
this is during exams – you are welcome to hand it in earlier to avoid conflicts!) The term paper is to be a
research paper on a topic of the student’s choosing, subject to my approval.
You should start thinking about
possible paper topics as early as possible.
To encourage you to do so,
you will be required to submit
(two) page proposal to me no later than Tues., March 20,