Ethics and International Affairs

Course Description

The course analyzes a number of contemporary issues that raise important ethical questions, such as preventive war against Iran, what we owe the people of Afghanistan, our obligation to the world's poorest citizens, and our duties and responsibilities to the environment. Upon completing this course, you will have learned different theoretical approaches to the study of ethics and international affairs, main concepts, and the parameters of key debates. This course will also enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different arguments, perspectives, and viewpoints.

This course aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of the role of ethics in international affairs. It does not seek to convert you to a particular perspective, opinion, or viewpoint. Instead, the goal is to equip you with the ability to apply ethical principles to international phenomena. To accomplish this goal, this course will focus on developing and strengthening your writing, analytical, critical thinking, and public speaking skills.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the main perspectives and approaches concerning the proper role of ethics and morality in international affairs
  • Develop a particular mindset and analytical approach to think about applied international ethics in a more rigorous and systematic manner
  • Evaluate arguments and debates over key ethical questions in international affairs


A basic knowledge of international politics.


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Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 08, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 3:30P-6:20P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Richard Maher
Course Number: 10407