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PHIL3663: Justice

2024 unit information

This unit examines questions concerning social justice. It surveys influential theories of which institutions and social relationships are necessary for a just society. It provides students with an overview of liberal theories concerned with the values of freedom and equality. It critically reviews theories that attempt to reconcile the conflicting goals of creating a society of free citizens who also relate to one another as equals. Finally, the unit looks at questions of global justice. Practical topics may include: Is private education inegalitarian? What is distinctively wrong about colonialism? Does Justice require open borders? What do citizens in affluent nations owe the global poor?

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Code PHIL3663
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in any combination of Philosophy or International Relations or Politics
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. identify, define, investigate, and solve problems of social justice as they arise in real life
  • LO3. think independently, analytically and creatively about political questions.

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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