Globalization and theories of justice

  • A.A. 2019/2020
  • CFU 8
  • Ore 40
  • Classe di laurea LM-52
Benedetta Giovanola / Professoressa di ruolo - II fascia / Filosofia morale (M-FIL/03)
Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, della Comunicazione e delle Relazioni Internazionali


Obiettivi del corso

The course aims at analysing the interconnection between globalization and
matters of justice and to discuss its practical implications. It will address questions like: should the demands of justice apply only at the domestic level or even beyond the boundaries of the nation state? In a world as interconnected as our own, are existing inequalities morally justifiable or are they morally troubling? And in order to assess these inequalities, should we endorse some form of moral universalism or ethical particularism?
In order to answer these and other questions, the course will integrate theoretical reflection and case studies. Students are expected to gain knowledge of the major approaches to social and global justice and to apply them to concrete cases.

Programma del corso

The course will be divided into three parts.
The first part will focus on the analysis of social justice and will discuss its major
approaches, namely: utilitarianism, communitarianism, libertarianism and liberal
The second part will discuss the possibility of an extension of matters of justice from
the national to the global level and, after an introduction to the different domains of
global justice, will focus on global distributive issues. The most prominent
approaches, such as statism and cosmopolitanism will be compared so as to show
the importance of a shift from social to global justice, given the global dimension of
contemporary socio-economic and political processes.
The third part will focus on nationalism and patriotism, as key issues in the debate on global justice, especially nowadays.
At the end of each part, students will apply the theoretical frameworks discussed during classes to the analysis of concrete situations and case studies.

Testi (A)dottati, (C)onsigliati
  • 1.  (A) C. Armstrong Global Distributive Justice Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012 » Pagine/Capitoli: Chapter 1 (pp. 10-39); Chapter 2 (pp. 40-69); Chapter 4 (pp. 106-135); Chapter 6 (pp. 162-187); Chapter 8 (pp. 220-251)
  • 2.  (A) T. Brooks (ed.) The Global Justice Reader Blackwell, Oxford, 2008 » Pagine/Capitoli: Part IV: Chapter 11, Chapter 12; Part V: Chapter 14; Part VI: Chapter 18; Part VII: Chapter 21; Part XI: Chapter 37, Chapter 38
Altre informazioni / materiali aggiuntivi

Students attending classes are required to study the teaching material provided by the instructor (hardcopy or on line), including papers by the most prominent scholars in the filed and slides.
Students not attending classes are required to study the books indicated above (selected part, where specified).

Metodi didattici
  • Lectures and discussion; team work; case studies.
Modalità di valutazione
  • Oral: aimed at evaluating both knowledge and critical capability.
    Alternatively, for interested students: individual research and paper elaboration.
Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che possono essere utilizzate per l'attività didattica

The course will be taught in English

Lingue, oltre all'italiano, che si intende utilizzare per la valutazione

The exam will be in English