- Code INTR8053
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International Relations
- Areas of interest International Relations
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
The last hundred years have seen brutal wars, murderous totalitarian regimes, genocide, and nuclear weapons. But we have also witnessed - to a certain extent because of the facts just mentioned - an unprecedented development of international law, a resurgence of interest in international ethics and the ethics of war, humanitarian initiatives on a large scale, and the founding of international organizations such as the United Nations, designed to foster peace and international cooperation. The ethical appraisal of war has a long history in Western political thought, and encompasses several different approaches, including the traditions known as realism, pacifism, and just war. Examining the most representative writings on the ethics of war, by a range of authors (Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Vitoria, Rousseau, Kant, Walzer, and others) in these different traditions and with application to contemporary issues (terrorism, humanitarian intervention, preventive war, etc.), is the principal aim of this course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of the course, students will be versed with the historical and contemporary debates about how war should, and is, conducted. They will be able to situate these opinions within a broader appreciation of the historical and political origins of these debates. Finally, they will have learnt of the role of various international efforts to structure how warfare progresses, and the successes and failures therein.
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
5,000 - 6,000 words of written assessment, comprising essays, seminar papers, class participation, and an examination, as deemed appropriate by the lecturer.
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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.
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