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GVPT 449G: Seminar in Political Philosophy; Global Justice

Guide to resources for GVPT 499G


This guide will help you identify and locate sources for your writing assignments.

From your syllabus:
Assignment 1

"The course so far has looked at two different sorts of rights, as part of global justice. Human rights are the minimum protections that all individuals have against what governments and non-state actors can do. As Michael Ignatief illustrates, there is much debate over how these rights should be used, and how to justify them. We are also starting to look at distributive rights, which are entitlements that certain groups of individuals (e.g. the global poor) have, and can claim against the other groups (e.g. wealthy countries).

Make an argument asserting or denying the legitimacy of these two different types of rights. Your argument must be about the justification of these rights, and not their practical implementation. 

Your essay must be between 1400 - 1800 words (approximately 4-6 pages), and make use of at least 5 scholarly sources, 2 of which can come from our reading list. The essay must be fully referenced using APA or MLA formats."

Assignment 2  
"Is political cosmopolitanism (or a world state) necessary for dealing with global issues, such as climate change or global poverty? If not, how would you address such issues. Either way, what should the principles of justice be for this global issue (choose one: climate change, global poverty, or one of your choosing*).

The essay must be between 1800 - 2200 words (5 - 7 pages at 350 words/page, minus quotes), and must utilize at least 6 scholarly articles, 2 of which may come from our syllabus. Your essay must be fully referenced using MLA or APA formats, and is due Monday May 17 by midnight.

Your essay will be assessed using the qualitative rubric from Essay 1, and the sample essay.

*Chosen topics must be approved in advance."



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