Theories of Justice

Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theories of Justice

  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Philosophy, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    39 credit points

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Liberal democratic societies confront a range of social justice issues relating to inequalities of power, economic distribution, and social status. Are such inequalities inherently unjust and if so, how should they be redressed? If such inequalities are not inherently unjust, what degree of inequality can be justified? Specific issues of justice also arise from the position of ethnic minorities and Indigenous peoples in a multicultural society. What responsibilities do liberal democratic states have to such groups and what rights can they legitimately claim against the state? The global and international environment presents further issues of justice. What are the responsibilities of affluent nations and global institutions in dealing with global poverty, corruption and political violence? In this unit we discuss some of the major contemporary philosophical theories of justice, including John Rawls's influential theory of justice, and assess the capacity of these theories to respond to these specific problems of justice.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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