Theories of Justice

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theories of Justice

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Justice Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One 100-level POLS paper or PHIL 103 or 72 points.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An exploration of different theories of justice from ancient to contemporary times. Examples may include justice as a social contract, justice as impartiality, distributive justice, reconciliation and restorative justice, and retributive justice.
    This paper explores different theories of justice in contemporary political thought. All societies need rules. But what constitutes a just law and why? What might be a fair distribution of society's resources? Do we need to accommodate and affirm gender and cultural differences in our public policies and laws, or should justice be blind to such differences? And how should we punish those who transgress our laws? The topics we examine include human rights and distributive justice; freedom and equality; the politics of community, representation and difference; retributive justice and revenge; forgiveness and reconciliation; and historical injustice.

    Learning Outcomes
    Demonstrate an understanding of different views on justice in contemporary political theory

    Textbooks
    Course reader

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