Philosophy 408 S

Honours Seminar Ė International Justice

Winter 2003



University College 57††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Professor Gopal Sreenivasan

Thurs 12-3:00††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† 215 Huron Street, Room 921

(416) 978-2824

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The following books are available at the U of T Bookstore on College:


R. Tuck, The Rights of War and Peace (Oxford, 1999).

M. Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars, 3rd ed. (Basic Books, 1992).

J. Rawls, The Law of Peoples (Harvard, 1999).

C. Beitz, Political Theory and International Relations, rev. ed. (Princeton, 1999).


Selections from another book will be made available later:


††††††††††† T. Pogge, World Poverty and Human Rights (Blackwell, 2002).





There will be two essays, one shorter and one longer, and one in-class presentation over the course of the term.The assignments will carry the following weights:


††††††††††† Short Essay (2000 words):†††††† ††††††††††† 25 %.

††††††††††† Long Essay (5000 words):††††††† ††††††††††† 50 %.

††††††††††† Presentation:†††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15 %.

††††††††††† Participation:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 10 %.



Reading Schedule



January 9††††††††† Introduction.No reading.


J 16††††††††††††††††† Tuck, chh. 1 and 2.


J 23††††††††††††††††† Tuck, ch. 3.


J 30††††††††††††††††† Tuck, ch. 5.


February 6†††††† Walzer, chh. 1-3.


F 13†††††††††††††††† Walzer, chh. 4-6.


Spring Break.


F 27†††††††††††††††† Walzer, chh. 8 and 9.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Short essay due in class.


March 6†††††††††† Walzer, chh. 14-17.


M 13††††††††††††††† Beitz, parts I and II.


M 20††††††††††††††† Rawls, Introduction and part I.


M 27††††††††††††††† Rawls, parts II and III.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Draft segment of longer essay due in class.


April 3††††††††††††† Beitz, part III.


A 10††††††††††††††† Pogge, Introduction, chh. 4 and 8.


End of lectures.


Long essay due Monday, April 21.



Office hours


Mondays 4-5 and Tuesdays 2-3.Also by appointment.


Late penalties


Essays submitted after the due date will be penalised one increment of a grade (e.g., from B to B-).Essays submitted a week or more late will be penalised a further increment for each week late.


Plagiarism and writing help


Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.It comes in various forms, all of which carry grave penalties.If in doubt about what constitutes plagiarism, ask.You should consult the Philosophy Departmentís statement on plagiarism.


Help in writing is available from the Philosophy Departmentís essay clinic.You are also encouraged to consult the Departmentís guide to writing a philosophy essay.