Fall/Winter Timetable

POL469H1F L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2226H1F L0101

Ethics and International Relations


The course explores the possibilities for ethical action in international affairs. It is common to theorize international relations in terms of interests and power, but this fails to account for the frequent invocation of the language of justice and fairness in actual international interactions. Drawing on readings from political philosophy and normative international relations theory, the course takes up ethical dilemmas encountered in world affairs in the context of debates about war, intervention, development, and institutional design. The course is a research-intensive seminar, where students conduct independent research on a topic of relevance to course themes that they present in a student conference at the end of the semester.

Format and Requirements

: One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.


POL200Y1 or POL200Y5 or POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3 or (POLC70H3 & POLC71H3)