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Undergraduate Course: War and Justice (PLIT10021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhen can we legitimately go to war? When we are attacked? In order to intervene in the domestic affairs of another country on the grounds that this best serves our national interest? Once we are at war, can we do anything that is necessary to win, or are there moral restrictions on what we can do? For example, can we use nuclear weapons? Can we tortured suspected terrorists? Can we target civilians, in the hope to undermine their government? The course addresses those issues, fron a normative, philosophical perspective.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012) OR Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates (PLIT08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004) OR Politics in a Changing World (PLIT08012) OR Politics and International Relations 1A: Concepts and Debates (PLIT08017), but have taken a similar course, should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay 1 (2000 words) - 45%
Essay 2 (2000 words) - 45%
Tutorial Participation - 10%

Students are judged on their (a) understanding of the relevant concepts and knowledge, (b) skills in logical and effective argumentation, (c) ability to provide relevant evidence to support their arguments, (d) demonstration of reflexivity and critical thinking and (e) scholarly presentation in terms of referencing, quoting, spelling, grammar and style.
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback. The feedback from the first essay will help with the second essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and analyse major texts and articles in just war theory.
  2. Use analytical tools and concepts crucial to evaluating the ethics of war and to moral and political philosophy more generally.
  3. Draw on evidence and examples in support of philosophical claims.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hr lecture plus 1 hr tutorial per week.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Tom O'Shea
Course secretaryMr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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