Theories of Justice
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Justice Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
One 100-level POLS paper or PHIL 103 or 72 points.
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAn 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.
Demonstrate an understanding of different views on justice in contemporary political theory
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