PHIL2009 Global and Environmental Justice

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Philosophy; Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequences
Content
Many of the most pressing issues of our time - climate change, poverty, human rights, war, refugees - raise issues of global and environmental justice. This course consists of in-depth study of the work contemporary philosophers writing on these issues. Topics may include: the duties of the affluent to aid the global poor, immigration, the rights of refugees and the duties of states, secession, war, the nature of environmental value, animal rights, and issues in climate justice. This course is intended as offering a rich grounding in moral, social and political philosophy and is relevant to questions in applied ethics.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) locate issues of global and environmental justice in their historical cultural context; (2) independently interpret philosophical texts; (3) evaluate philosophical positions, including identifying counter-examples and identifying and questioning their basic assumptions; (4) contrast different philosophical positions; (5) construct persuasive arguments; (6) demonstrate strong written communication and research skills; (7) explain influential philosophical views concerning major issues in global and environmental justice such as war, climate change, and global poverty; and (8) reason in a constructive and cooperative way about polarising moral and political issues.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) essay; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lachlan Umbers (Philosophy), Dr Nin Kirkham (Philosophy)
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
PHIL1001 Justice and Contemporary Ethics
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.