Essay: Is the study of history a useful starting point for today’s ethical reflection on
war?Is pacifism morally defensible? Is it permissible to wage a war of self-defence against merely “political
aggression”? Do people become legitimate targets in war by being morally responsible for
an unjust threat?
You must choose questions from the list provided below. The assessed essay should
be typed, in a decent size font (minimum 11pt), and with decent spacing (at least
1.5.) You should include a properly referenced list of works cited at the end.
The word limit for both essays is 2,000 words. Essays over this length will be
5. What, if anything, makes terrorism ethically distinctive from conventional war?
6. Under what circumstances is foreign intervention permissible?
7. Do feminist reformulations of Just War Theory provide a superior basis upon
which to make judgements about war?
8. How should blame be distributed once a conflict has ended?
9. Must there be a compromise between truth and justice in post-conflict
The following are the criteria through which the essay will be marked. However, it is
important to note that the overall mark is a result of a holistic assessment of the
assignment in its entirety.
1. Does the essay address the question set, and with sufficient focus?
2. Does the essay show a grasp of the relevant concepts and knowledge?
3. Does the essay demonstrate a logical and effective pattern of argument?
4. Does the essay, if appropriate, support arguments with relevant, accurate and
effective forms of evidence?
5. Does the essay demonstrate reflexivity and critical thinking in relation to
arguments and evidence?
6. Is the essay adequately presented in terms of: correct referencing and quoting;
spelling, grammar and style?
Please refer to the assessment and submission procedure information on our
webpages which you will in appendix 2
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