Offered by Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia, the online Theories of Justice unit equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the varying concepts of justice, the nature of their application via legal frameworks and the social, political and economic factors influencing their application.
This political philosophy unit is grounded in the fact that liberal democratic societies must deal with issues of social justice by using legal systems, however, these processes are inevitably influenced by inequalities of power, economic distribution and social status.
Students gain a foundation in philosophical theories of justice, including John Rawls’s influential theory. After exploring the differences and commonalities of these varying theories, students apply these concepts to specific social justice challenges.
You must have completed some level 1 and 2 studies before starting this unit, preferably in philosophy.
Areas of study
In this Theories of Justice unit, the topics you will study include:
Section 1: equality and inequality - introduction: equality and diversity
Section 1: utilitarianism
Section 1: Rawls’s Theory of Justice
Section 1: Dworkin on equality (luck egalitarianism)
Section 1: Nozick's libertarianism
Section 1: the capabilities approach
Section 1: communitarian critiques of liberalism
Section 2: diversity, citizenship and justice - feminism, liberalism and justice
Section 2: social groups and the politics of difference
Section 2: deliberative democracy
Section 2: multiculturalism
Section 2: multiculturalism, gender and justice
Section 2: global justice
Section 2: justice and cosmopolitanism
This unit is an elective unit in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts,?Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit explores issues of social justice from both local and international perspectives, taking into account the legal rights of Indigenous and ethnic minority groups in multicultural societies, plus the potential roles and responsibilities of affluent nations and global institutions in dealing with poverty, corruption and political violence.
Ultimately, students gain detailed knowledge of the complex relationship between social justice theories, issues and frameworks, and critical thinking skills grounded in key legal, political and philosophical concepts.
Completion of this unit will allow you to form your own perspective and present this in a clear and considered manner.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Theories of Justice from Macquarie University.
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Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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