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Selected Topics in Ethics

Study of a specialized area in ethics.

Faculté de philosophie >> Philosophie (général)

Minimiser l'horraire Horaire du cours pour la session : Printemps / Été 2019
Section Horaire Jour Endroit Professeur
Cours magistral
EPE 6320 W00
Ethics, Immigration and Citizenship
Cours offert en anglais
01 mai - 11 juin TBA En ligne Rajesh Chandra Shukla

People immigrate for various reasons. Some immigrate for better economic opportunities for themselves and their families. Others want to escape unjustified prosecution, violence, and war. Still others are motivated by a complex set of emotional and sociological reasons that may be hard to illuminate. However, in all cases of migration, a migrant is required to rebuild her life at a new place – and in a new country – marked with different social, political and cultural values. In this course, we study the importance of immigration in the context of citizenship, focusing on the meaning and value of citizenship in the life of migrants. What does it mean to be an immigrant and a citizen in a liberal democratic state like Canada? Moreover, since traditional notions of citizenship emphasize its exclusive membership, claiming priority over non-citizens, one wonders if they can do justice to the aspirations of migrants, especially in the states that do not accord citizenship rights to migrants or grant such rights with caveats. Among other things, we consider 1) if current structures of nation-states signify arbitrary boundaries and fragmented humanity, and need to be abandoned in favor of a more progressive open-border policy, facilitating the birth of a post-national state and cosmopolitan citizenship, and also 2) if the conditions are right, or not right, for the realization of the above goal. 

  • To examine the reasons that cause immigration/migration.
  • To study and analyze theoretical foundations of nation states and protected borders.
  • To elucidate open border argument and its limitations as well.
  • To evaluate the immigration policies of Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments, along with other leading countries.
  • To connect or reconnect ethics, immigration and citizenship.
  • Short Essay: 20%  (Approximately 4 pages, typed and double spaced, due on May 10, 2019)
  • Identification of Arguments & rationale: 20% (Approximately 4 pages, typed and double spaced, due on May 20, 2019). 
  • Final Paper: 60%  [Approximately 11-12 pages, typed and double spaced, due on June 15, 2019]

Marking Guidelines:

  • Understanding of the Text     40%
  • Presentation of the arguments, including rigor and depth      20%
  • Critical Analysis          20%
  • Some Originality         20%
Lecture obligatoire

Required Texts

Carens, Joseph, H. The Ethics of Immigration. Oxford: oxford University Press, 2013.

Miller, David. Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration.

                              Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Online Reading Material, to be specified in the class.

Suggested Readings:

Banting K., Soroka S. and Koning E. Multicultural Diversity and Redistribution. In Banting K. and

                             Myles J. (eds), Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics 165–186.  

                             Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013.

Cappelen C. (2016). Intra-EU Migration and the Moral Sustainability of the Welfare State. In Peters Y.

and Tatham M. (eds.), Democratic Transformations in Europe 31 – Challenges and Opportunities 43-63. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016

Cappelen, C. & Peters, Y. The Impact of Intra-EU Migration on Welfare Chauvinism. Journal of

Public Policy, online edition, Oct. 2017:


 Collier, Paul. Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World. Oxford: Oxford  

                           University Press, 2013.

Dummett, Michael. On Immigration and Refugee. London: Routledge, 2001.

Greetz, C. J. The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Basic Books, 1973.

Joppke, Christian. “The Inevitable Lightening of Citizenship”. European Journal of

                                Sociology, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2012, 9-32. 

Joppke, Chiristian. “Beyond National Models: Civic Integration Policies for Immigrants

                             in Western Europe”. West European Politics, Vol 30, 2007, 1-22.

Miller, David. Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration.

                              Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Miller, David. Citizenship and National Identity. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000.

Taylor, Charles. “The Politics of Recognition”, in Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader,  

                             David Thoe Goldberg (ed.). Oxford: Blackwell, 2004/1994, 75-106.

Shukla, R. C. In Appreciation of Canadian Values. Ottawa Citizen, August 30, 2018:  


Shukla, R.C. Public Policy and Social Good: Theory, Practice and Beyond. Annales: Ethics in 

Economic Life. Vol. 20, No. 4 (December 2017), 19-35, 2018.

Shukla, R. C. Justice and Civic Friendship : An Aristotelian Critique of Modern Citizenry. The

                        Frontiers of Philosophy in China Vol. 9, Number 1: 1-20, 2014.

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