POLS309 - World Politics and Justice

10 cp
Prerequisites: 10 cp from 100-level units in Politics and International Relations
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Professional outcomes in government, policy development and advocacy requires a workforce knowledgeable about contemporary global political developments with the capacity to evaluate policies pertaining to issues of social justice.
This unit examines how conditions of globalisation shape the conduct of world politics in the twenty-first century. Where once nation-states exercised exclusive sovereignty over their territorial borders, today global flows and trends have undermined the demarcation between the domestic and international realm. This unit examines the key political questions that arise from this dynamic, including: human rights; global democracy; war and justice; refugees and forced migration; humanitarianism and the Responsibility to Protect; religion, and new wars. The roles of United Nations and other international organisations and NGOs will also be analysed, with particular attention paid to the question of how we might envisage a more just world.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a deep understanding of issues of justice in the context of globalisation and world politics.