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Ethics and Global Politics: The Active Learning Sourcebook

April Morgan, Lucinda Joy Peach, and Colette Mazzucelli, editors
Ethics and Global Politics: The Active Learning Sourcebook
ISBN: 978-1-56549-187-8
2004/272 pages/LC: 2004007399
A Kumarian Press Book

"A highly usable, very important and thoroughly enjoyable sourcebook for professors searching for ways to make learning both effective and fun. Provides teachers with just the right tools to explore the increasingly important territory of global ethics."—Anthony F. Lang, Jr., University of St Andrews

"What an eye opener! A refreshing pedagogical device for professors exploring ethics in international politics. Its reading and its wonderful practice tool kits turn international relations theory into an uplifting discipline for the student."—Helena Cristini, International University of Monaco


Who should take moral and ethical responsibility for the world's critical issues? What obligations do individuals and multinational corporations have to the rest of the world, and whose cultural values must they consider? How do you empower your student to construct their own perspectives on global concerns such as human rights, global warming, corporate social responsibility, and security against terrorism?

Using a participatory approach to teaching ethics in global politics, this book compiles classroom-tested exercises for use in courses related to world affairs. It guides instructors through the steps of active learning and offers issues-based modules as templates for classroom instruction. Each module provides background information about issues and activities, step-by-step directions, photocopy-ready exercises for students, and post-exercise debriefing with discussion questions.

With this sourcebook, educators will powerfully connect their students to issues that transcend their immediate cultures and personal experiences. Aiming beyond passive comprehension, the exercises prompt students to define their own ethical compasses and foster the cultural awareness and communication skills necessary to navigate a diverse world.


  • Introduction.
  • Toolkit 1: International Relations: Theories and Pedagogical Approaches—A. Morgan.
  • Toolkit 2: Kant, Mill, and Sound Ethical Arguments—K. Andrews.
  • Toolkit 3: The United States is Not the Globe—H. Meyer-Knapp and L.J. Peach.
  • Module 1: What's So Unique About the Nuclear Era?—A. Morgan.
  • Module 2: Just War Theory and the 2003 War Against Iraq—G. Palmer-Fernandez.
  • Module 3: The Drama Of International Relations—H. Meyer-Knapp.
  • Module 4: German, Polish, and Czech Support for the 1999 NATO Intervention in Kosovo: "How Does the Power of Norms Interact with the Norms of the Powerful?"—M.A. Heiser-Durón.
  • Module 5: Flies in the Ointment: International Terrorists and Global Civil Society—C. Warkentin.
  • Module 6: Blood Diamonds in Africa—P. Lucas.
  • The Pursuit of a Green Global Conscience: A Debate in Distributive Justice and Global Environmental Governance—V. Bertrand.
  • Truth Commissions—J. Mertus.
  • Drafting a Convention on the Human Rights of People with Disabilities: A Treaty-Negotiation Simulation—N. Flowers and J.E. Lord.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility for Human Rights: The Case of Burma/Myanmar—LJ. Peach.