Global justice

Course Code :1001IOBGJU
Study domain:Development Aid
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:30
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Credit and exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Tom De Herdt
Fran├žois Levrau
Leni Franken

3. Course contents *

The course provides students with a framework for critical reflection on justice in a context of globalization – which pre-eminently corresponds to a context characterized by cultural and religious diversity as well as deep social, economic and political inequality and both historical and contemporary power differences. The aim of the course is to distinguish various global justice perspectives and to analyze them in connection with the policy area in which they can be used. The course is set up around a number of contemporary global issues, also forcing students to position themselves and reflect on their own value-based perspectives.

In two introductory lessons, some key concepts (global inequality, recognition of religious and cultural diversity, the historicity of and power biases in global public goods, global deliberative politics, etc.) and some ethical perspectives on globalization are framed and approached critically.

Then, two clusters of themes are deepened, each cluster ending with a discussion in smaller groups:

Part 1 – The Global context

  1. Global and domestic dimensions of inequality;
  2. Decolonization and globalization;
  3. Environmental and climate justice;
  4. Technology and unequal innovation.

Part 2 – Global governance?

  1. Human rights, culture and recognition of differences;
  2. Rule of law, justice and democracy;
  3. Development cooperation from Truman to the SDGs
  4. Global health governance.