Card Sort: Ethics - Just War Theory

Can the massive death and destruction of armed conflict ever be morally justified? Is there such a thing as a just war? Should we stand by and allow innocent people be raped and murdered in horrible acts of genocide? This outstanding resource has been tried and tested in the classroom over many years and aims to help students understand some of the main arguments for and against the Just War Theory. It can be used as a starter, plenary or main activity to accompany any main stream text book or resource on this topic. The nature of the task means that it appeals to the full range of ability.

The main activity involves getting students to cut out the cards in lesson, organize them into their most persuasive order and then sick into their books before they have a go at the extended writing activity / discussion. Alternatively, they can create a key and then sort through the cards and then stick the sheet into their book or you could cut out the cards and place them into an envelope for them to sort prior to a discussion on the topic. This is a great resource that can be easily adapted to suit your classroom and expectations.

When you purchase this resource, you will be able to download a single page, fully editable Word Document which contains a learning objective, instructions, two heading cards as well as fourteen carefully selected statements that can sorted under them.

The aims of this lesson / activity are:

Theme: Moral Ethics and Philosophy
Know: What is the Just War Theory?
Understand: What are the arguments for and against waging a just war?
Evaluate: Are there any moral circumstances in which it s acceptable to wage war?

WILF - What am I Looking For?
Identify and describe - The Just War Theory
Explain - the arguments for and against fighting a just war?
Analyze - Are there any moral circumstances in which it is acceptable to wage war?

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Created: Jul 22, 2018

Updated: Feb 18, 2019


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