Global Ethics and International Relations (714IR)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

What would a more just and humane world look like, and how, if at all, can we get there? This module surveys both core and cutting-edge topics in the field of global ethics, from philosophical and political perspectives. It includes coverage of issues such as:

  • global distributive justice
  • responsibility for human rights
  • the significance of the category of ‘the human’
  • the nature of moral agency and the decision-making ‘self’ in international affairs.

It contrasts ‘global’ and ‘international’ perspectives on these questions, by critically evaluating the role played by the state in organising responses to global ethical challenges.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.