Weltethos Institut
Studium Lehrveranstaltungen Wintersemester 2017/18 Seminar: Ethics in International Relations

Seminar: Ethics in International Relations


Dr. Christopher Gohl









ab 24. Oktober 2017, Dienstags 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr c.t.


Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, 72070 Tübingen

Voraussetzungen/ Zielgruppe

Masterstudierende; Lehramtsstudierende ab dem 5. Fachsemester

Leistungsnachweis /Prüfungsform


Anwesenheit, Referat, Hausarbeit

bis zu 6 ECTS, für Politikwissenschaftler/-innen bis zu 8 ECTS



To register, please send an email including your name, birthdate, birthplace, student number and address to the Global Ethic Institute, lehre[at]weltethos-institut.org . Please also indicate your major concentration (also Bachelor/Master) and how many semesters of study you have completed.


10. Oktober 2017

Max. Teilnehmerzahl



  • Beck, Ulrich (2006): The Cosmopolitan Vision. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Brown, Garrett W. & Held, David (Hrsg.) (2010): The Cosmopolitan Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Kissinger, Henry (2014): World Order. Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History. London: Penguin Group.
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. (2011): Creating Capabilities. The Human Development Approach. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press.
  • Shapcott, Richard (2010): International Ethics. A Critical Introduction. Cambridge: Polity Press.                                                                                      


The world order is changing. The attempt of old and new powers to extend their spheres of influence, the emergence of global risk regimes, the forces of economic development, and the struggle of civil societies for recognition are all factors in the historic evolution towards a new world order. At the core of these transformations are questions about values and principles – what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, or legitimate and illegitimate. Different cultures, religions, and ideologies are giving different answers, in effect contesting accepted norms and procedures of global governance, international law and human rights law.

This seminar addresses contemporary examples of fundamental normative challenges of a globalized world – the quest for a new world order, the question of refugees, and challenges students choose themselves to work on. It introduces students to an understanding of the role of values in organizing human action, to the standards of cosmopolitan ethics, and to its critics. Students will learn to judge tendencies towards clash and conflict, or towards cooperation and convergence. How well will we live together in a shared world?