All course readings are available on e-reserve on the UW Library system. 

NOTE:  If you click on the library’s 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, or Safari.


Week #1 (Jan. 7-10).  Course Introduction and Introduction to Moral Reasoning

Required Readings: 

  1. Thomas Nagel, “Right and Wrong” from What Does It All Mean? (Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 59-75.
  2. Peter Singer, “Famine, affluence, and morality.”
  3. John Rawls, Justice as Fairness, “The Idea of Reflective Equilibrium”.


Week #2 (Jan. 14-17): Distributive Justice:  A Transnational Original Position?

Required Readings:

  1. John Rawls, Justice as Fairness, “The Idea of the Original Position”.
  2. Charles Beitz, “Justice and International Relations.”
  3. John Rawls, “The Law of Peoples”, I-IV and VII.
  4. Alison Jaggar, Transnational Cycles of Gendered Vulnerability:  A Prologue to a Theory of Global Gender Justice. 


Weeks #3 (Jan. 21-24):  Is There an Obligation to Help the Global Poor?

Required Readings:

  1. Thomas Pogge, “‘Assisting’ the global poor.”
  2. Oxfam Report, “Rigged Rules and Double Standards,” Executive Summary
  3. David Schmidtz, “Islands in a Sea of Obligation.”


Week #4 (Jan. 28-31):  Is There an Effective Way to Help the Global Poor?

Required Readings:

1.      Leif Wenar, “Poverty is No Pond: Challenges for the Affluent.”

2.      Jeffrey Sachs, Jeffrey. “Can Extreme Poverty Be Eliminated?” Scientific American (September 2005).

3.      Dambisa Moyo, “Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is A Better Way for Africa.”

4.      William Easterly, “A Modest Proposal.” Washington Post (March 13, 2005).

5.      Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky, chapter 10.


Week #5 (Feb. 4-7):  Is There a Right to Immigration?

Required Readings:

  1. Joseph Carens, “Aliens and Citizens: The Case for Open Borders.” 
  2. Christopher Heath Wellman, “Immigration and Freedom of Association.” 
  3. Michael Blake, “Immigration, Association, and Anti-Discrimination.”
  4. Joseph Carens, “The Case for Amnesty” Boston Review.



Week #6 (Feb. 11-14):  Climate Change and Global Justice

Required Readings:

  1. Peter Singer, One World, chapter 1, “One Atmosphere.”
  2. Steve Gardiner, “A Perfect Moral Storm.”
  3. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, “It’s Not My Fault: Global Warming and Individual Moral Obligation.”


Week #7 (Feb. 18-21):  Can transnational institutions contribute to global justice?

Required Readings:

  1. Jamie Mayerfeld, “The High Price of American Exceptionalism: Comparing Torture by the United States and Europe after 9/11.”
  2. Robert Kagan, “Power and Weakness”.
  3. Jamie Mayerfeld, “The Democratic Legitimacy of the International Criminal Court.”
  4. Michael Blake, “International criminal jurisdiction and the right to punish.”


Week #8 (Feb. 25-28): Should we have a world government?

Required Readings:

  1. Peter Singer, One World, chapter 6
  2. David Held, “The Transformation of Political Community:  Rethinking Democracy in the Context of Globalization”.
  3. Will Kymlicka, “Citizenship in an Era of Globalization: Commentary on Held”.


Week #9 (Mar. 4-7):  Are Human Rights, Democracy, and Distributive Justice Merely Western Values? 

Required Readings:

  1. Fareed Zakaria, “Culture is Destiny: A Conversation with Lee Kwan Yew.”
  2. Makao Mutua, “Human Rights in Africa: The Limited Promise of Liberalism.”
  3. William J. Talbott, “Cultural Relativism About Human Rights,” Chapter 3 of Which Rights Should Be Universal?
  4. Martha Nussbaum, “In Defense of Universal Values,” Chapter 1, Sections 1-4, of Women and Human Development.


Week #10 (Mar. 11-14):  Conclusion

No Required Readings.