RS Ethics and Global Political Economy

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX089M10
Vaknaam RS Ethics and Global Political Economy
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Ethics and Global Political Economy
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the track specialisation(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of the specialisation track. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving Global political-economic relations can be studied from historical, political scientific, economic, sociological, and juridical perspectives, but also from an ethical one. A sub-discipline of philosophy, ethics is concerned with systematic reflection about morality, moral problems, and moral judgements - thus, about issues of good and bad human behaviour, to be expressed in terms such as ‘obligatory’, ‘(un)just’, ‘(ir)responsible’, and ‘(un)virtuous’. Key ethical questions are: what is good? What is just? How should I/We live? What virtues should I/We cultivate? How ought I/We to act? To what extent do I/We have moral obligations towards others - friends and strangers, compatriots and foreigners?
This Research Seminar aims to offer students a broad understanding of the ethics of global political economy and, especially, a deep insight in the literature about responsibility and justice regarding global society, globalization, economic sanctions, foreign aid, migration, poverty, and climate change. These are areas of great ethical importance within not just IPE but also the entire IR(IO) discipline, as one major current source of human misery is global inequality of welfare and income, which includes abject poverty, malnourishment, and stunted life-chances.
This Seminar intends to be useful especially to those students who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of international relations within the Master tracks IPE and IRIO. That is to say, it aims to broaden and deepen understanding of IPE and IR by drawing on a perspective - the ethical one - not discussed (in-depth) in the Master course Capita International Political Economy or any other Capita course within the master IR. Importantly, theorizing morally about IPE and IR provides structure and purpose for the empirical study of global political economy as well as guidelines for political action. In view of its philosophical and theoretical nature, this Seminar also welcomes students enrolled in the Research Master Modern History and International Relations.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege, zelfstudie
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. ir. M.R. Kamminga
Docent(en) dr. ir. M.R. Kamminga
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Scholarly articles, to be announced
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR https://student.portal.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/let/programmes/ma-irio/. It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester II mast
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (International Political Economy) 1 semester II keuze