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Academic Year 2005/2006
GOVT 398 SP
This course examines the moral and political issues that arise in the context of international politics. Is the use of violence by states limited by moral rules, and is there such a thing as a just war? Are there any
rights that all states must respect? Should violations of those rights be adjudicated in international courts? Are states justified in enforcing such rights beyond their own borders? Is a system of independent states
legitimate? What, if any, are the grounds on which states can claim freedom from interference by other states and actors in their "internal" affairs? Must all legitimate states be democracies? Do states and/or
have an obligation to provide assistance to foreign states and citizens? Are there any requirements of international distributive justice?
Thucydides, HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
T. Hobbes, LEVIATHAN
I. Kant, PERPETUAL PEACE
J. Rawls, THE LAW OF PEOPLES
M. Walzer, JUST AND UNJUST WARS
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
This course is a seminar; class meeting will be conducted by discussion, so it is essential that all readings be done prior to class. Requirements will include two short papers and a term paper.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
"Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add must add themselves to the enrollment request system during on-line registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor I
will consider in making Drop/Add
period registration decisions."
Students who were not successful in preregistering for the class should come to the first meeting in case spaces open up.
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