• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Ethics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Kirsten Ainley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.

Mainstream IR theory has traditionally downplayed a concern with ethics, often relegating normative concerns to the domestic sphere. To correct for this, cutting edge work in the field has started to develop tools to confront some of the most pressing global issues: for instance conflict, atrocity, increasing inequality, migration, displacement, and climate change. This course sets out a series of frameworks with which to understand and act upon these issues, as well as examining arguments about the key actors in international ethics and analysing the logics of various responses to ethical problems. The course explores the relationships between theory and practice and between ethics and politics, and is structured around both close examination of the academic literature and application to ‘real world’ situations and cases.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand a wide range of literature in contemporary global ethics.
  2. Critically evaluate live arguments and debates regarding global ethical theories, issues, and actions.
  3. Apply conceptual and theoretical tools to analyse ‘real world’ problems of global ethics.
  4. Develop strong written and oral communication skills in order to analyse and discuss issues of global ethics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay plan and literature review (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Approximately 130 hours comprising seminars, lectures, as well as associated preparation, independent study, and assessment time

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Further information on prescribed texts will be provided via Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4325 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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