PHIL 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 694-002: Global Justice and Solidarity
(Spring 2018)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T

Robinson A249

Section Information for Spring 2018

In an unequal world where migration, climate change, and aging will add complexity to the challenges facing future generations, questions of global justice are central. What if any responsibilities do high-income countries have to respond to the needs of the global poor? Why or why not?  Who has responsibilities of global justice and why? States? International actors? Individuals? What conception of justice should guide the policy and practice of international institutions such as the United Nations and World Health Organization, Medecins sans Frontieres, or USAID?

In this course we will examine alternative conceptions of global justice. We will consider the capabilities approach, the social connection model of responsibility, and cosmopolitan and luck egalitarian views. We will consider critiques of these conceptions of justice including libertarian and nationalist accounts.

We will also explore accounts of solidarity -- mostly feminist and virtue-based interpretations -- and examine the relationship between solidarity and global justice. Along the way we will take note of alternative approaches’ embedded assumptions about people, relationships, and our moral imagination. We will include readings and films on migration and health services for migrants in order to better understand these alternative approaches.

  • For the Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus in the Philosophy MA, this course can be used as an elective.
  • For the Ethics and Public Affairs concentration in the Philosophy MA, this course can be used to fulfill 3 credits of the Ethics requirement or can be used as an elective. 



Topic Varies


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester

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