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Ethics and Global Justice (SWM621)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This unit focuses on questions of global justice and public ethics: Do corporations have moral responsibilities? Who is blameworthy for collective harms such as environmental degradation or climate change? When are humanitarian interventions morally justified? Students will develop their analytic and critical thinking skills through examining problems from a moral point of view. The topics covered include collective responsibility, tragedies of the commons, global distributive justice and the ethics of political violence.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. read and understand texts and arguments in applied and public ethics
2. write and present succinct and precise summaries of the main issues at stake in a position
3. research and develop a sustained written analysis of a specific philosophical or ethical issue
4. articulate, present and defend a reasoned position in applied ethics in oral and written forms
5. participate in group discussion and have a constructive approach to disagreement.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars and workshops are delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will then complete research assignments independently, in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The learning in this unit is highly interactive, involving students as much as possible. Students will actively participate in the unit, conducting group discussions, delivering short presentations and responding to their peers. The unit content will be delivered through short lectures, core readings, podcasts and short films.
Assessment Active participation in class component:
* Short presentation with handout (15%)
* Written summary (1,000-1,500 words) of an in-class discussion (20%)
* Active participation in class discussions (15%)
Self-study component: Case study of 3,500 words (50%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SSH621 Professional Ethics may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: SSH621
2015: 'Ethical Challenges of Contemporary Societies'; 2013: 'Professional Ethics'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6328
e: A.Schwenkenbecher@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.057 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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