In 2020-2021, I am the primary instructor for one postgraduate course at LSE.
GV4D7: Dilemmas of Equality. The course starts with the general question of why (or if) equality matters. It then introduces some of the major debates in the contemporary egalitarian literature: equality of what; equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome; luck egalitarianism versus relational equality. Throughout the course, and particularly in the latter half, we consider concrete social problems and dilemmas faced by those who are committed to the ideal of equality. Topics covered include global inequalities, discrimination, and policies that aim to reduce gender inequality.
In 2020-2021, I am also teaching a seminar for a postgraduate course at LSE, with the lectures and the course’s online seminar being taught by Professor Anne Phillips.
GV4H3: Feminist Political Theory. This course covers some of the central debates in contemporary feminist political theory, with a particular emphasis on the legacy and usefulness of liberalism. The course focuses on debates and differences within feminist political theory, rather than justifications for, or defences of, feminist political theory. Among the problems raised are conceptions of the individual and individual autonomy; the relative invisibility of gender issues in mainstream literature on justice and equality; the tendency to conceive of equality in sex-blind terms; the tendency to presume a universally applicable set of norms. We consider the theoretical debates in relation to a number of contemporary political issues. Topics likely to be addressed include: feminism and contract, individualism and autonomy, identity politics, equality and the politics of difference, marriage, multiculturalism, and universalism.
In 2019, I was the primary instructor for one postgraduate course at UCL.
PUBL0013: The Ethics of Poverty (International Perspectives). This is a normative ethics module covering a range of issues on how global poverty issues are addressed in the ethical/political philosophy/political theory literature. Topics covered include: different ethical frameworks (human rights v societal distributive justice); individual responsibilities and altruism; imperfect duties and global problems; does the WTO violate human rights?; The resource curse and international stolen goods; defining poverty and the capabilities approach; cosmopolitan approaches to redistribution; and others.
Previously, I have taught taught Contemporary Political Philosophy for undergraduate exchange students through the Exeter College Summer Programme at the University of Oxford. The course is a critical introduction to major debates in contemporary political philosophy, including questions of equality, democracy, social justice and global justice.
In spring 2017, I was primary instructor for the following courses at the University of Hong Kong:
Capitalism and Social Justice: undergraduate course. This course aims to analyze the concept of social justice and examine which economic system might best achieve it. The course considers liberal and libertarian defenses of free market capitalism, Marxist critiques of capitalism, and the implications of egalitarian theories of social justice for the organization of work and economic production. The positions to be assessed span the political spectrum, including the modern liberalism of John Rawls, the classical liberalism of F. A. Hayek, Robert Nozick’s libertarianism, and contemporary interpretations and defenses of Karl Marx. The course will engage with contemporary debates about exploitation and sweatshop labor, the status of economic liberties within liberal theory, and the extent of state intervention in economic production that is necessary and desirable within a democratic society.
Global Justice: undergraduate course. This course explores the idea of global justice and some of the major moral debates within this area. It begins with understanding the liberal ideological foundations of global justice and the influential doctrine of human rights. It then questions what it means to posit the existence of justice beyond the borders of one’s own country, and addresses particular issues of justice within the practice of global politics, including warfare, trade, migration, political development, and economic assistance.
Understanding Global Problems: Theory and Practice: postgraduate course. This course aims to critically explore some of the major challenges confronting an international community that is faced with unprecedented levels of global interdependency and escalating power asymmetry. The seminar provides a detailed analysis of the issues at stake, providing students with the intellectual grounding necessary to critically evaluate many of our most pressing global problems and their proposed solutions.
In previous years (2013, 2014, 2015), I have been primary instructor at LSE for:
GV442: Globalization and Democracy. The contemporary debate about globalization raises profound questions about the changing nature and form of politics today. This course examines two dimensions of the debate: the impact of various forms of globalization on democratic and democratizing states, and the prospects for the democratization of global politics.
The course covers the following topics: 1) how democracy can be understood as a concept, and what makes democracy valuable; 2) how democracy within states, both in affluent and developing countries, is affected by various dimensions of globalization, notably international trade and financial flows, transnational companies, migration and international institutions; and 3) whether and how global politics can be made more democratic, including an examination of the role played by international organizations, transnational civil society, and novel governance initiatives.