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Global Injustice: The Ethics of Poverty and Inequality (6769)



Objective: 1. By the end of the course students should have a deeper understanding of some core concepts in contemporary political philosophy.
Objective: 2: Students gain an enhanced ability to think well about some core concepts in contemporary political philosophy.

Content: This seminar introduces students to the contemporary debate on global justice. Topics to be studied include global poverty and inequality, exploitation, dependence and imperialism, democratic internationalism and the theory of combined and uneven development.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, student presentations

Study Material

  • Brooks, T. The Global Justice Reader. Wiley 2008.

  • Brewer, A. Marxist Theories of Imperialism. Routledge 1990.

  • Gilbert, A. Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy? Princeton 1999.

  • Lenin, V.I. Imperialism. International Publishers 1968.

  • Pogge, T.W. World Poverty and Human Rights. Polity 2007.

  • Singer, P. One World. Yale 2004.


10% participation
20% student presentations
70% essay


Monday 27 October until 15 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in SA23 (except 17 Nov in 5A42, 24 Nov in 5B14, 1 Dec in 5A29, 8 Dec in SA29)
Wednesday 29 October until 17 December, 13.00-15.00 hrs in 5B14

Admission requirements

Etische kwesties in de Wereld Politiek