War

Course Requirement Areas: 
Axiology and Practical Philosophy
Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
Level: 
Master’s
Type: 
Elective
Course Description: 

War involves widespread killing and maiming. For this reason it is of utmost importance to understand the morality that governs the conduct for and in war. Besides its practical importance war also raises many philosophical interesting issues. In this course we will explore some prominent aspects of war theory. We will explore questions such as when is it permissible to start war?, what duties do combatants have while warring?, are the principles that govern war the same principles that govern peace? If not, what explains this asymmetry?

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course the student shall be able to:

  • Understand the key positions within contemporary debates in just war theory.
  • Produce critical and well-structured arguments in moral philosophy.
  • Balance and contrast the weakness and strengths of different positions in contemporary debates in just war theory.
  • Summarise arguments clearly and succinctly.
Assessment: 

Grades will be awarded as follows:

  • Mid-term assignment: 20%, participation 15%, presentation 15%, final paper 50%.
  • Essays are due on the date they are due! Extensions will be granted only in special circumstances. Organise your time!
  • Academic dishonesty will be severely penalised. Don’t plagiarise!!

 Grades mean the following:

F= Fail. Poor

C+ Minimum Pass. Significant confusions; unawareness of some crucial arguments; poor written style

B- Satisfactory. Struggles to organize main ideas of the paper. Some confusions, but a general sense of the main arguments.

B Good. Cover material covered in class, good reconstruction of main arguments, written expression is clear and succinct

B+ Very good. Cover material covered in class, good reconstruction of main arguments, written expression is clear and succinct, plus understanding of subsidiary arguments, familiarity with secondary literature. Some display of analytical skills.

A- Excellent. Cover material covered in class, good reconstruction of main arguments, written expression is clear and succinct, plus understanding of subsidiary arguments, familiarity with secondary literature; independent reconstruction of arguments; display of good analytical skills; some critical engagement with the material.

A outstanding. Cover material covered in class, good reconstruction of main arguments, written expression is clear and succinct, plus understanding of subsidiary arguments, familiarity with secondary literature; independent reconstruction of arguments; display of good analytical skills, signals of independent thought, critical engagement with the arguments.

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