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LIBS 7011 - War, Peace and Justice

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

Recent events on the world stage, along with Canada's somewhat ambivalent attitude toward its own role in armed intervention have sparked renewed interest in the legality of specific wars and in the ethics of warfare generally. This course considers whether there is any defensible basis for applying legal and ethical standards to armed conflict among and within nations.

Prerequisite(s)

BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.

Credits

3.0

Cost

$642.97

Winter 2017

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2017 term.

CRN 79271

Wed Jan 11 - Wed Apr 19 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 11 - Apr 19 Wed 18:30 - 21:30 BBY NE25 Rm. 114

Instructor

Jean Laponce

Course Outline

TBD

Cost

$642.97

Notes

  1. ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON DESIGNATED DATES AND TIMES.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply cross-disciplinary methods and concepts in course assignments and discussions.
  • Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in his/her BCIT technology program.
  • Compare traditional and contemporary approaches to past and current controversies presented in the course.
  • Produce paragraph-based, essay-based and/or oral presentations that evaluate aspects of the course material.
  • Produce written and oral arguments that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
  • Apply course concepts and skills to his/her intellectual, civic and professional life outside the classroom.
  • Explain the principled differences between pacifism, realism and just war theory.
  • Assess the merit of the realist critique of pacifism.
  • Assess the merit of the realist critique of just war theory.
  • Judge the effectiveness of the replies to the realist challenge.
  • Assess the pacifist critique of just war theory.
  • Judge the effectiveness of the replies to the pacifist critique of just war theory.
  • Explain the nature of just cause, with respect to jus ad bellum.
  • Judge the proper scope of concepts such as right intention, proper authority, last resort and proportionality, with respect to jus ad bellum.
  • Explain the nature of jus in bello, in both its internal and external forms.
  • Explain the principle of non-combatant immunity.
  • Explain the proportionality rule, with respect to jus in bello.
  • Interpret and apply rules of jus in bello to cases of historical significance.
  • Explain the nature of jus post bellum, with reference to peace settlements, rights restoration, rehabilitation, restitution and punishment for war crimes.
  • Apply the rules of jus post bellum to the current occupation of Iraq.
  • Assess the status of the International Court of Justice at the Hague, in terms of legitimacy and efficacy.
  • Establish the priority among principles and laws when these are seen to conflict in particular cases.
  • Employ three modes of judicial reasoning: reasoning from interpretive guidelines, reasoning from prior cases, reasoning from principle.

Effective as of Fall 2009

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit bcit.ca/bookstore for more information.

Winter 2017

Books for Winter 2017 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

The Morality of War - Second Edition
Author Brian Orend
Publisher Broadview Press
Copyright 2013
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-55481-095-6
Price $41.50
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