Knowledge and understanding

The goal is for students to recognise and understand the key ethical aspects connected to global economic integration. The course will thus offer an advanced introduction concerning the relationship between political philosophy, ethics and economics by highlighting key concepts such as distributive justice, legitimacy, and rights in the contexts of global governance institutions.

Applying knowledge and understanding

At the end of the course students should be able to have an advanced understanding of the relationship between ethics and economics and to be able to apply this advanced understanding to issues connected to global economic integration. In terms of skills students will develop technical, and qualitative research skills necessary to pursue research in political science and international relations by retrieving information from different sources; to develop the ability to think critically and creatively and to argue coherently. Emphasis on writing skills will be a key component of the course.

Further expected learning outcomes:

  • Making judgements: The ability to make complex judgment about the ethical aspects of the global economy will be trained over the course of several in class discussions.

  • Communication skills: Communication skills will also be developed by using debate formats and Q&A sessions during the lectures and seminars.

  • Learning skills: the students will be exposed to a wide range of learning skills, including close text analysis, assessment of different kinds of media related to the material, and the development of excellent writing skills which will be explicitly trained during the classes.


The goal of this module is to analyze the main ethical issues that are specific to the development of international organizations and transnational governance institutions since World War II. The module will: a) address the ethical aspects of the design of international organizations and transnational governance institutions (should such organizations and institutions be democratically organized? Should they reflect differences in economic wealth or power?); and b) study the ethical implications relating to the impact of international organizations and transnational governance institutions on a range of variables including human rights, global distributive justice, and self-determination.


Students will be taught mainly through academic papers, but can take a look at the following texts for a solid intro to the class material:

Held and Maffettone (eds.). 2016. Global Political Theory.

Jon Mandle, 2006, Global Justice, Polity Press.

Thomas Pogge and Darrell Moelllendorf, eds., 2008, Global Justice: Seminal Essays, Paragon.

Michael Blake, International Justice, available at


Learning results to be verified

writing skills, reasoning skills, discussion and presentation skills

Assessment method:

Written and oral examination

Open questions

Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche

International Relations


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