This course discusses ethical questions of development relevant for intenrational cooperation. Examples include: possibilities and limits of normative justification of development aid; theories of justice, human rights and the 'rights-based' approach to development, epistemological foundations of development theories, ethical questions of globalization.
What is justice and why are human rights valid? What is development and what is the responsiblity of the State? The answers always include normative judgements. Where these normative dimensions remain implicit, international development cooperation risks the unreflected export of its own value and belief systems. This course enables students to identfy implicit normative dimensions, put them into the ethical context and to critically reflect on those normative aspects.