Justice in Politics and International Relations - JPB595
Lecturer: Dr Janusz Salamon
Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague
ETCS: 6 credits
TIME: TUESDAY, 12:30-13:50
PLACE: Nove Butovice campus, classroom 314 and at
Office hours: Tuesday, 11.00-12.30 - Nove Butovice campus, Pekarska street, room 206 and at
(also at other times ONLINE, after appointment)
Email: janusz.salamon at univ-oxford.com
All the class readings will be published on this website (and in the SIS)
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theories of justice in society (social justice) and in international relations (global justice). While the necessary historical and philosophical background of the age-long struggle for social justice will be taken into account, the main focus of the course will be the contemporary debates about justice in domestic and international politics. Since “theories of justice” constitute the central part of the contemporary political theory, the ideas of some of the most influential political theorists of the 20th century will be discussed in the course of the semester, and the class readings will include fragments of some of the most important works of political philosophy of our times. Discussing various theories of justice, their relevance to the current political practice will always be considered (for example, by identifying how these theories of justice inform programs of various political parties and movements that are important part of the political scene in Europe and elsewhere.
Final Essay 50%
Final Exam 50%
Since due to COVID we are not able to hold an in-class written examination which in case of philosophy courses is greatly preferable to online tests, we must settle for a combination of ‘final essay’ and ‘final exam’ in an oral form conducted online.
As a result - since this course is attended by dozens of students – we have to spread the examination throughout the entire exam period, from early January till mid-February.
For this reason, I have entered in the SIS only one exam date for this course, since any exam date I would enter would in fact ‘symbolic’. So simply signed up to the exam date you see in the SIS, which is necessary to allow me to enter later your grade in the SIS.
The actual exam date is up to you to choose and communicate it to me via email. I should be able to adapt to your chosen date, but I will propose the hour, since – for legal reasons – we have to have at least 2 students present during the online oral exam (we are not allowed to record the exam), therefore I will have to also play the role of a matchmaker. Consequently, if only one of you will ask to be examined on a given day, the exam will not be possible, unless we will find a second student to join us. Thus it would be helpful (although it is not required of you) if you would agree between yourself to ask as a pair to be examined on a given day.
(As you have been informed repeatedly in the past, you have to submit your final essay at least 48 hours before the oral exam, since I need to familiarize myself with it in order to be able to ask you during the final oral exam some questions related to your essay, thus reassuring myself that the essay is indeed your brainchild.)
Should you have any questions regarding the registration for the exam in the SIS or regarding the manner the exam will be conducted, please, let me know via email.
- A = 91-100 % – excellent
- B = 81-90 % – very good
- C = 71-80 % – good
- D = 61-70 % – satisfactory
- E = 51-60 % – minimal pass
- F = 0-50 % – fail