Professor Talbott                                                                                                                 Winter 2014

Office:  Savery 387                                                                                                             PHIL/POL S/VALUES 207A:   

Phone:  543-5095                                                                                                                                Issues of Global Justice

Email:                                                                                                  TuTh: 9 – 10:20 am

Office Hours:  Wed. 2:30-4:30 and by appointment                                                   Miller 301




PHIL/POL S/VALUES 207A:  Issues of Global Justice


                Sections are WF.  TA for sections AA and AB: Michael Ball-Blakely (; for sections AC and AD: Jennifer Driscoll (


                Disability Resources For Students.  If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disability Resources for Students (DRS), 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY).  If you have a letter from DRS indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to your TA and discuss the accommodations you might need for the class. 


                I.  Course Goals

                In the 21st century, issues of justice will often transcend national borders.  This course will introduce you to some of these pressing issues and to a variety of disciplinary approaches that are useful in understanding them.  After a brief introduction to moral reasoning and reasoning about justice, this course will address a number of issues of global justice, including:  Global poverty and aid; immigration; transnational governance; climate change; and the challenge of cultural relativism.  The learning objectives include:  (1) Understanding the range of disciplines within social science and the humanities that have been brought to bear on issues of globalization and global justice and (2) developing your ability to explain the issues and to make and evaluate arguments on these issues.  The course will provide you with readings, classroom activities, and assignments that will enable you to achieve these objectives, by becoming engaged with the projects and methods that are at the heart of these disciplinary activities.


                II.  Course Readings

                There is a separate handout of reading assignments.  All course readings are available on e-reserve on the UW Library system.  NOTE:  If you click on the link for regular course reserves, you will not find the readings.  You must click on the link for Electronic Reserves for Seattle.  ALSO NOTE:  The Google Chrome Browser will not open some of the readings.  I have not found any problems with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.  Except for the first class, readings should be done before the class for which they are assigned.


                III.  Course Requirements

                1. Email Account.  You are required to check your U.W. email account regularly.  Your TA and I will use email to broadcast general course announcements.  You can use email to ask me or your TA questions about the course, including questions about the readings or the discussion in class.  You can usually count on receiving a reply within 24 hours.  My email address and the email addresses of the TAs appear above. 

                2.  Clickers.  Students are required to have clickers, available for purchase at the UW Bookstore, to record answers to in-class questions.  (Phones cannot be used.)  See the course Web site for information on how to register your clicker for this class.  NOTE THAT IT IS CHEATING TO USE A CLICKER REGISTERED TO ANOTHER STUDENT.  USE ONLY A CLICKER REGISTERED TO YOU. 

                3. In-Lecture Questions.  Starting with the second week of class, during each lecture, you will be asked one or two questions based on the lecture for credit.  Each answer will be worth one point.  Some questions will ask for your opinion.  On those questions, all good faith answers earn one point.  Other questions will be objective—one answer will be correct and the alternatives will be incorrect.  Correct answers will earn one point; incorrect answers earn zero points.  If you have been present in the lecture and paid attention, you should be able to answer the objective questions correctly.  To get credit for an in-class question when you are absent, the absence must be excused.  Request excused absences from your TA. 

                4.  Participation in Section.  10% of your grade will be based on your participation in section.  Your TA will explain to you the basis for this part of your grade. 

                5. Papers.  There will be two short papers (4-5 pages).  See the course web site for more information.

                6. Final Exam.  The Final Exam will take place at 10:30 am on Wednesday March 19 in Miller 301.  Final Exam Review Questions will be distributed in lecture on Thursday March 6.  Bring a pen and blank exam books to the exam. 


                IV. Course Web Site.  All assignments, handouts, and lecture slides will be available on the course Web site (see URL above).  So if you are ever absent, you can check the course Web site to find out what you missed. 


                V.  Grades.  Grades will be assigned on the following basis:

Answers to Questions in Lecture                                                       5%

Participation in section                                                                       10%       

Paper #1                                                                                                20 %

Paper #2                                                                                                25 %

Final examination                                                                               40 %

                Your final percentage will translate into a numerical grade as follows: 

96% = 4.0; 95% = 3.9; 90% = 3.5; 80% = 3.0; 65% = 2.0; 50% = 1.0. 


                VI. Academic Integrity. Whenever you turn in any assignment in this course, the understanding is that what you are turning in is your own original work, except to the extent that you explicitly credit others for their contributions. You have an obligation to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, by always attributing any argument or idea that you have borrowed, even if you have modified it, to its source.  The source may be written or oral.  For example, if an argument was suggested by a fellow student, include that information in a footnote.  If it is determined that there has been cheating that involves one student copying another's work on an assignment or exam, if both students were aware of the copying, both will receive zero credit for the assignment or exam, in addition to any other sanctions that might be imposed.  All cheating is taken seriously by me, including using a clicker registered to another student to record answers for that student.


                VII.  Extensions Of Time.  Extensions of time should be requested in advance of the deadline.  Unexcused, late work will be penalized.  However, it is much better to turn work in late than not to turn it in at all. 


                VIII.  Course Evaluation.  Thursday March 13, in class.  The course evaluation is your opportunity to evaluate my performance and to provide suggestions for improving the course.


                IX.  Return of Final Exams.  Unless other arrangements are made, final exams will be available for pick-up in the Philosophy Department Office, Savery 361, during the first week of spring quarter.  If you would like your final exam to be mailed to you, please provide your TA with a stamped, self-addressed envelope for mailing.


                See the course Web site for more information for students taking philosophy courses.




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