This course examines moral and ethical issues underlying public policy practices, decision-making, and policy objectives. Public policy is necessarily normative. It is not only a matter of sound procedures and politically or economically feasible outcomes, but also questions regarding good conduct or right action, individual and collective responsibility, and critical analysis of methods and goals. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of moral and political issues, and methods of ethical judgment and argument. Read more about PUAF 650: Moral Dimensions of Public Policy
This course is a survey of major moral issues surrounding war and other violent conflicts. We will begin with the traditional just war theory, and then go on to discuss critiques of some of its aspects and its application to difficult contemporary situations (such as humanitarian interventions and counterterrorism).
The way we understand how society ought to operate and the histories we tell about how society has operated get mixed up with each other. In this class, we will try to explore the ways in which political histories inform and are informed by our ideas about what political morality – justice, fairness, equality, etc. – looks like. We will take a two-pronged approach. First, we will read C.L.R.Read more about Political Analysis and Political Narrative
This short course (co-taught with Joshua Miller) at the Baltimore Free School gave students an overview of philosophical and political concepts of freedom and free will. It covered both some of the traditional debates (e.g., libertarianism vs. compatibilism) and more contemporary work in normative theory.
This course is intended to give you a broad overview of major elements of the international legal system and the institutions that shape international cooperation, with a focus on the sort of information useful to national policy makers facing issues with an international component. In class, we will discuss both theoretical and practical aspects of the international system. The best way to get an overview of the specific topics for the course is to skip down to the schedule of classes and readings.
This undergraduate class, taught at the University of Ghana, treated several advanced issues in the theory of value, such as cultural relativism, the relationship between morality and moral psychology, and the necessity (or lack thereof) of moral theory.
This seminar, taught at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, covered the basics of theories of civil-military relations, with a special emphasis on the issues that members of the GAF may encounter in the course of their primary external mission of peacekeeping.