Global Distributive Justice: An Introduction
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB204
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
prof. dr. R.B.J. Tinnevelt
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prof. dr. R.B.J. Tinnevelt
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. R.B.J. Tinnevelt
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Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
This course will:
  • introduce you to the debate on global distributive justice;
  • show why understanding our global order implies asking theoretical and practical questions of justice;
  • combine normative questions with empirical research;
  • and allow you to further develop essential skills related to argumentation, discussion, and public speaking.
In recent decades, national borders have become less important. In ​​economic, political and cultural areas, transnational networks have emerged that take little or no account of the traditional territorial boundaries of nation states. This is a positive development for people who have the resources and capabilities to use these networks. However, a large part of the world population is cut off from these global networks and their benefits. Many people are well aware of structural injustice and better alternatives, but rarely have the opportunity to improve their situation. Against this background the question arises what ‘justice’ can mean in a world that increasingly becomes smaller. To what extent can we realize our ideals of freedom, equality, solidarity, and sustainability in a world in which individuals and communities are increasingly dependent on each other? Are there principles of global justice? And if so, who has the duty to comply with these principles, and which international structures do we need to guarantee them? These questions are dealt with on the basis of a problem-based approach that looks at current themes such as poverty and socio-economic inequality, international trade, social responsibility of multinationals, distribution of natural resources, and climate justice.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
Students are required to write an essay and to give a presentation. The final result will be composed out of the following elements: - Examination: 50% - Presentation: 30% - Essay: 20%.
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris, and THEN register for the courses themselves. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.

Required materials
We will use an introductory textbook with additional mandatory reading material. This is a tentative choice and may be changed.
Title:What is this thing called global justice?
Author:Kok-Chor Tan
Publisher:Routledge 2017

Instructional modes
Lecture and seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

Preparation of meetings
Students are expected to have read the required reading begfore each lecture.

Sustainability certificate

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2