course will focus on the current international debate on the
dynamics and effects of globalization on nations, peoples,
communities, cultures, religions and values. It will also focus on
recent research on, and ethical analyses of, several broad ethical
issues related to the dynamics of globalization. This course is
Enable students to perceive and to develop the connections
between religious beliefs and current global ethical issues;
Introduce to students several of the most pressing global
issues in the world today so that they learn not only about these
issues, but also so that they learn the skills necessary to carry
out their own ethical analyses of them;
Provide students with a chance to think with others about
the relationship of their own religious communities to these
issues, and specifically to think about how they might contribute
to their communities greater awareness and involvement in the
public debate relating to these issues.
are expected to be in class, having read all the assigned
material, and ready for informed and thoughtful discussion. The
written work is spread throughout the semester. There are several
small papers which will give students (and the professor) a chance
to test whether they have acquired the knowledge and skills
outlined in a, b, and c above. There will be no final paper. If
for any reason a student does poorly on a paper, he or she will
have ample opportunity for revision of the paper and thus of the
you want to get an early start on reading, which is a good idea,
please start with Sally McFague and Joseph Stiglizt. You may also
begin some of your research into your own religious tradition
described below. Do not buy all of the books on the book list
until after the first day of the course.
can be reached at extension 9502. I am always happy to talk to or
to see students! My assistant Adriane Cropley (Bennett) who will
answer the phone, will be pleased to make a phone or personal
appointment with me.
is the relationship between faith and values?
How does one arrive at values from faith?
What are some examples of religious communities and groups
who are engaged
in global issues because of the values rooted in their
What do we do when we don’t agree inside or between
“For the Sake of the Neighbor, for the Sake of the World”
McFague, Life Abundant, part 11
Enrique Dussel, Ethics and Community
Research statements, actions, debates, theological rationales, of
your own religious community, related to globalization as a whole
or to one issue relevant to globalization. If you do not have a
religious community, choose one to research.
a short (5 page) paper based on the following questions:
is the argument that is being made? How is the moral argument
connected to faith claims and tradition? Who is making the
argument and to whom is it directed? How was the issue chosen, and
is it connected to other moral issues?
paper will be due October 12
have looked at how some religious communities implicitly or
explicitly connect faith and moral thought, especially moral
thought related to global issues. Today we will look at several
suggestions for ways in which different religious and moral
communities might and often do think together, across religious
and cultural differences, which continue to divide communities and
Walzer, Thick and Thin
Singer, One World
will be handed out in class which focus on ethical thought in
Judaism and Islam, relevant to global ethics.
28, October 4
an entre into the study of some of the issues of globalization
that we will be looking at in some detail, I have asked Bob and
Alice Evans, Directors of Plowshares Institute, in Simsbury, Ct,
to lead the course on these dates. Bob and Alice will share with
the class the work of Plowshares which pertains directly to global
ethics. They will also lead the class in several case studies,
after introducing the case study method as one way into ethical
analysis and decision making.
these two weeks students should read:
Stiglitz, Globalization and its Discontents
Chossudovsky, The Globalization of Poverty and the New
L. Stivers, Christine E. Gudorf, Alice Frazer Evans, and
Robert A. Evans, Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach
During this period, students will be asked to write a 5 page paper
exploring the ways in which you put together your faith and your
values, and how that relates to your instincts or initial moral
assessment of one of the issues related to globalization.
focus of these two weeks will be on the trade and aid issues that
are at the heart of much of the globalization debate. We will
examine the role of the IMF and the World Bank in globalization
processes, and the lively debate about their roles. The lecture
and class discussion will be centered on the two books Globalization
and its Discontents, and The Globalization of Poverty and
the New World Order. There will also be material handed out in
class on anti-globalization movements, and their analyses and
arguments against globalization.
of the most pressing issues on the global agenda today is that of
hunger. Some claim that economic globalization will end hunger in
the world, others claim that these dynamics are exacerbating the
problems of hunger. We will look at these issues from a variety of
angles, including a look at some of the organization’s that are
working to end hunger in the world. We will begin the analysis of
hunger issues watching the film
Global Banquet, Politics of Food.”
Sachs, The End of Poverty
issues are central to global ethical concerns. We will look at
several pressing environmental issues and we will also look at
global efforts to address them. We will also examine the
connections between life styles in places like the United States
and growing environmental destruction.
Earth Charter will be one of the topics of discussion,
and will be handed out in class.
by Sallie McFague will also be discussed, and everyone should
have read it by November 2.
Students will be asked to submit a 5 page ethical analysis of one
of the ethical issues which we have looked at together.
final two weeks of the course will focus on a few of the many
efforts to bring ethical concerns into the global arena, thus
providing a space for moral sensibilities to help shape some of
the global processes we are witnessing today. We will look at some
of the most salient movements, documents and attempts at global
time permits we will visit the NGO Aid to Artisans here in
Hartford, and talk to staff members there about their efforts to
encourage community self-sufficiency through small grants to
artisans around the world.
will be asked to write a final 5 page paper which explores ways in
which you your selves can help engage and challenge your religious
institutions, or communities to get involved in thinking about and
perhaps acting on some of the ethical issues we have studied over
the course of the semester. Students
will share these ideas with each other during the final session of