Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2009/10
SP50231: Wellbeing & human development 2: development ethics (formerly EC50178)
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
* To provide students with the analytical tools to evaluate critically development issues from an ethical perspective.
* To reflect on international development in the context of theories of justice, and the debates about the 'just society'.
* To examine the relationship between individual behaviour and social states of affairs.
* To understand the links between ethical frameworks, values and actions.
* To develop a critical awareness of the influence of values on public policy, democratic debate and international development.
By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
* demonstrate the ethical underpinnings of public policy and to form a critical opinion about them.
* have a clear understanding of what justice requires within different theories of justice, and how this applies in different social contexts.
* have a critical awareness of the influence of values on public policy, democratic debate and international development.
* inform public action on the basis of informed and self-critical ethical judgements.
Cross-cultural and interpersonal sensitivity (Taught/Facilitated)
Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (T/F/Assessed)
Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar presentations) (T/F)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
Concise, time-bound and effective written communication (e.g. briefings / exams) (T/F/Assessed)
Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data (T/F/A)
Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team (T/F/A).
Part 1 Introduction to Development Ethics
Part 2 Theories of justice
* Economic conceptions of justice; Political liberalism; Communitarianism; Freedom and development (capability approach); The good and the right; feminist theories of justice.
Part 3 Individual ethics
* Virtue ethics; Individual and public morality
Part 4 Ethics in public reasoning
* Deliberative democracy; Public debate and values; Equity and efficiency; Solidarity, redistribution and freedom
Part 5 Values, democracy and development.