International Ethics

Final year module

Lecturer: Luis Cabrera

This course applies political philosophy to issues in global politics. In particular it examines the following topics: global distributive justice, economic integration and trans-state democracy, global citizenship, immigration, just war and humanitarian intervention.

Throughout the course we will address issues of desirability and feasibility, as well as issues concerning the institutionalisation of proposals and the role of nation-states, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cosmopolitan and communitarian traditions in international ethics, and of the key areas in which the modern debate on international ethics is proceeding. 
  • Display some ability to engage in substantive ethical reasoning themselves.


  • 1 x 4000 words assessed work (50%) 
  • 3 hour examination (50%)