2nd degree (Master)
glocal community development studies
Dr. Gad Prudovsky
Coordinator Office Hours:
Tuesday 11:00-12:00 (3707 Social Science)
Dr. Gad Prudovsky
Actions which are done in the public sphere raise many ethical issues. They always involve intervention in the regular course of things; and quite often the intervention has major effects on people's lives. The international arena is even more complex. Issues of legitimacy, which are at the national level quite settled, are hotly debated at the international level. Therefore, the main focus of the course – over and above the ordinary issues of public ethics – will be on an examination of this issue of legitimacy. The examination includes the questioning of some deep seated convictions regarding human welfare and human development: If officers in international organizations use their power in order to improve lives, they must devote some thinking to their conception of human flourishing and to why they are justified in their attempt to implement it. The aim of the course is to help the participants in the developing of their own informed conception of human flourishing and of their role in furthering it.
To interpret and evaluate ethical theories and their application to international NGOs
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Master central ethical concepts from the philosophical literature.
Integrate that mastery in discussions of dilemmas of development, especially those dealing with cultural diversity.
To evaluate critically philosophical literature.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Lecture, discussion and presentation in class.
Ethics of development.
Politics of recognition.
Des Gasper, The Ethics of Development: From Economism to Human Development (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004)
Pogge, “Moral Priorities for International Human Rights NGO’s”
Carens, “The problem of Doing Good in a world that isn’t”
Charles Taylor, "Politics of Recognition"
Additional Reading Material:
Linda Polman, The Crisis Caravan.
Avishai Margalit, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 70 %
Assignments 30 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %