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Politics and Ethics in Times of War
GOVT 106
Fall 2007
Section: 01  

In this course, we will consider various political situations during times of war that raise ethical dilemmas for the participants and questions about the ethics of actions taken. In particular, we will analyze individual and state-sponsored decisions and situations during World War II and the Vietnam War from a variety of ethical approaches in order to better understand the issues involved and values at stake. For example, we will examine, among other case studies, the Sonderkommandos at Auschwitz in Poland and the Japanese-American internment in the U.S. during World War II and the My Lai Massacre and GI resistance as well as the U.S. decision to use Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Students will research and present on selected topics raised by the war in Iraq. Course materials include the texts listed below and supplemental articles, literature and documentaries.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Speaking
Students will do two oral presentations in class and consider case studies from a variety of ethical approaches.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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