This class examines war and peace from the perspective of applied ethics by focusing on the influence of science and technology. The purpose of the class is to introduce the influence of science and technology upon war.
Students are expected to be able to explain: 1) the relationship between war and ethics; 2) moral issues in war and peace; and, 3) influence of science and technology upon war.
war, ethics, ethics of sicence and technology, just war theory
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
lecture and group discussion
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||introduction||Read and summarise the introductory chapter of the textbook.|
|Class 2||what is war?||Read and summarise Chapter 1, Section 1 of the textbook.|
|Class 3||what is ethics?||Read and summarise Chapter 1, Section 2 of the textbook.|
|Class 4||What is justice?||Read and summarise Chapter 1, Sections 3-4 of the textbook.|
|Class 5||realism, pacifism, and just war theory||Read and summarise Chapter 2 of the textbook.|
|Class 6||jusitce of war||Read and summarise Chapter 3, Section 1 of the textbook.|
|Class 7||justice in war||Read and summarise Chapter 1, Section 2 of the textbook.|
|Class 8||historical development of just war theory||Read and summarise Chapter 4, Sections 1-4 of the textbook.|
|Class 9||aspects of just war theory||Read and summarise Chapter 4, Sections 5-7 of the textbook.|
|Class 10||war, science, and technology||Read and summarise Chapter 5, Section 1 of the textbook.|
|Class 11||military ethics||Read and summarise Chapter 5, Section 2 of the textbook.|
|Class 12||moral issues on the use of nuclear bombs||Read and summarise Chapter 5, Section 5 of the textbook.|
|Class 13||moral issues on the US military occupation of Japan||Read and summarise Chapter 5, Section 6 of the textbook.|
|Class 14||wrap up||Be able to explain the relationship between war, ethics, and science and technology.|
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Shunzo Majima, *Tadasiisensouhaarunoka?: Sensourinrigakunyuumon* (in Japanese), Oosumishoten, 2016.
Class attendance is the prerequisite for assessment. Assignments (60%) and term report (40%).