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PHIL2663: Justice

2021 unit information

This unit examines ethical questions concerning social justice. It surveys influential theories of which institutions and social relationships are necessary for a just society. The unit provides students with an overview of views of freedom and equality. Finally, it critically reviews attempts to reconcile these apparently conflicting goals, e.g. as they pertain to questions like: Is taxation theft? Is private education inegalitarian? Are there moral limits to markets? Should we be free to engage in speech that undermines others' statuses?

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Code PHIL2663
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Philosophy
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a body of knowledge concerning social justice, and a firm grasp of the principles, practices, and boundaries of political philosophy
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of different conceptions of freedom, equality and fairness, and the tradeoffs that can come with promoting any particular value over others
  • LO3. identify, define, investigate, and solve problems of social justice as they arise in real life
  • LO4. develop your abilities to think independently, analytically and creatively about political questions.
  • LO5. critically analyse problems concerning social justice from multiple perspectives

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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