- 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
- AsPr Luke Glanville
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate together in the same class.
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. This course will examine writings on the ethics of peace and war by a range of authors (from Cicero and Augustine to Walzer and McMahan) and apply them to a range of contemporary issues (humanitarian intervention, preventive war, civil war, drones, human shields, etc.).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Show an understanding of the historical and contemporary debates about how war should, and is, conducted
- Situate these opinions within a broader appreciation of the historical and political origins of these debates
- Demonstrate a knowledge of various international efforts to structure how warfare progresses, and the successes and failures therein
- Communicate an understanding about the ethics of peace and war in a clear and concise way through assignments and class participation
The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.
- Please note that this assessment is indicative only. The actual assessment for the course is provided in the Class Summary prior to the commencement of the semester in which the course is being conducted and may differ from this assessment. (null) [LO null]
- Course Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Opinion Piece (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Literature Review (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research Essay (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time.
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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