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Global Justice MA

Course Description

The aims of the MA in Global Justice are to:

- Develop students' understanding of how to evaluate the justice of institutions and the rightness of individual conduct at the international and global levels;

- Encourage and assist students to make critical evaluations of political and ethical principles and the roles they should play in politics and ethics on a global scale;

- Foster students' awareness and critical interest in a wide range of contemporary global issues of political and ethical significance;

- Develop students' ability to analyse topics of global political and ethical controversy with philosophical rigour.

Key benefits

- World-famous teaching staff: Prospective students interested in global ethical issues will in many cases already have read books and other materials written by the academics giving the lectures on this course. These experts’ names are on UG reading lists worldwide (ex: Professor Thomas Pogge, Yale; Professor Allen Buchanan, Duke; Professor Dale Jamieson, NYU; and several leading King’s professors, such as Professors Jonathan Glover, Leif Wenar and Raymond Plant). As such students will be taught by the top leaders in the field, unrivalled by any competitors, at a reasonable cost.

- Dynamic and interactive online teaching: Teaching Fellows will offer students the opportunity to engage in live, interactive online seminars. Students will be encouraged to respond to lectures and readings by recording their views in preparation for seminars, and will be able to communicate with the Teaching Fellows outside of the seminar context through email or Skype. Online technology will encourage students to network with fellow students by asking and answering questions in student forums, visiting chat rooms, and collaborating on group projects.

- Career advantage: Graduates of the degree will gain knowledge and skills that will help them advance careers in government ministries, multinational organisations, the private sector and NGOs. The social networking element of the online provision will equip students with a worldwide cohort of contacts that they can call on as their careers progress.

- Accessible innovation and prestige: The teaching team aims to ensure that the online programme is accessible to students from all around the world who would otherwise not be able to attain a world-class King’s degree.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/global-justice-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

The programme provides knowledge and understanding of the following:

Fundamental topics in moral philosophy, and their use in the analysis of global issues including:

1. Key theoretical perspectives on ethics and politics, e.g. utilitarianism. deontology, virtue ethics;
2. Areas of philosophical controversy. e.g. consequentialist vs. rights-based reasoning;
3. Epistemological issues regarding the objectivity of ethical principles and our understanding of them.

Fundamental topics in political philosophy and political theory, and their use in the analysis of global issues including:

4. Key theoretical perspectives, e.g. liberalism, libertarianism, egalitarianism;
5. Areas of theoretical controversy, e.g. over justice, equality, welfare, rights, liberty and its boundaries, the nature and limits of state action;
6. The translation of theoretical principles into recommendations for i) institutional reform and design ii) the regulation of corporations and other organisations and iii) individual action.

The political and ethical dimensions of specific areas of global concern, such as:

7. Climate Change;
8. International Justice;
9. Human Rights.

- Course purpose -

The programme will develop students':

- Ability to identify and isolate the underlying conceptual issues in political and ethical debates;

- Precision of thought and expression of complex concepts;

- Ability to engage critically with and evaluate challenging literature;

- Ability to identify, critically evaluate, and deploy arguments effectively in support of specific conclusions;

- Ability to use philosophical frameworks critically and effectively.

- Course format and assessment -

Summative assessments of learning outcomes 1-10 will consist of coursework in essay and dissertation form.

There will also be a 10% component of the final mark for quality of online participation:

(a) After each online seminar, you will be marked for the quality of your participation in the seminar.

(b) At the end of the term, the lecturer will review your contributions to the various online student fora.

The participation mark will be composed 50-50 of the seminar and forum participation marks.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Global Justice MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We ask for a 2.1 or B+ average undergraduate degree in a ‘relevant discipline’ such as philosophy, politics, law, economics or history. Relevant professional qualifications and experience will also count in favor of admission. Applicants will be required to prove English competence to the usual level of fluency. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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