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Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: UGLB 3214
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
From Plato to John Rawls, classical political theory regards arguments concerning justice as moral disagreements about the internal organization of a nation- (or city-) state. In the age of globalization, however, there is an increasing recognition not only that decisions made within one national entity often have effects that transcend its boundaries but also that the actions of transnational agents like corporations and international financial and trade institutions significantly affect the living conditions of people throughout the world. There is an emerging global institutional order whose rules are coming under increasing scrutiny and moral criticism. After a brief introduction to the classical problem of justice, this course focuses on contemporary interpretations of the concept of global justice. We examine the relation of these interpretations to different assessments and theories of globalization. We also look at the debates about global justice from the perspective of the struggles for alternative forms of globalization.