Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » PHIL2000 / FSHG212 – Cultural Values and Global Justice
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-3
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH



Course Description

Does the claim to global justice offer a groundwork for transnational values or is it itself an integral part of “global capitalism” or “Western hegemony”? Is our moral vision a mere reflection of our cultural preferences and biases? If not, what may serve as the grounds on which the moral judgments of distinct civilizations can be rationally assessed, criticized or justified? In this course we will seek to address these timely questions by focusing on contemporary debates over globalization, global justice, and the “clash of civilizations.”


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand why and how the notion of justice as the basic structure of society has become the hardcore of Western liberal modernity;
  2. Obtain a solid command of the substantial issues in ethics, social theories and political philosophy with regard to the East/West distinction;
  3. Establish a conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing current debates on civilizations of global justice.