|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
A/Prof Paul FormosaLecturer
Prof Jean-Philippe Deranty
130cp at 1000 level or above
What is justice? What is fairness? This unit explores these important questions by examining leading philosophical theories of justice, including John Rawls's influential model, as well as the main political approaches that are associated with them, such as liberalism, libertarianism, republicanism, and socialism. We assess the capacity of these theories and approaches to respond to pressing social justice issues. We focus on issues of inequality and diversity in society by asking: what degree of inequality, if any, can be justified? We also examine broader questions around social and retributive justice, such as: How can we justify punishing those who violate justice? What are the obligations of democratic citizenship? Is our society and its political institutions racist, sexist, or unfairly biased against cultural minorities? What do we owe the poor in other countries? And is our treatment of animals and the environment a matter of justice?
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.
Participate in relevant online forum or in-class tutorial discussions and activities. Students are expected to be well-prepared and make a constructive contribution.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Required readings are listed in iLearn and available for download from Leganto. You must read the required readings BEFORE the lecture and tutorial.
PHIL3057 – 2021 – Weekly schedule
Week 1 (PF)
Lecture 1: Introduction: Equality and Diversity
No tutorial and no required reading this week
Week 2 (PF)
Lecture 2 & Tutorial 1: Rawls and Liberalism
Reflective Task assessment handed out in Week 2.
Quizzes start week 2
Week 3 (PF)
Lecture 3 and Tutorial 2: Dworkin and Luck Equalitarianism
Week 4 (PF)
Lecture 4 & Tutorial 3: Nozick and Libertarianism
Week 5 (JPD)
Lecture 5 & Tutorial 4: Socialism
Week 6 (JPD)
Lecture 6 & Tutorial 5: Republicanism
Week 7 (PF)
Lecture 7 & Tutorial 6: Retributive Justice, Criminality and Punishment
Reflective Task assessment due this week
Week 8 (PF)
Lecture 8 & Tutorial 7: Feminism, Liberalism and Justice
Philosophical Essay Assessment questions handed out in week 8
Week 9 (JPD)
Lecture 9 & Tutorial 8: Democracy and Minorities
Week 10 (JPD)
Lecture 10 & Tutorial 9: Global Justice
Week 11 (JPD)
Lecture 11 & Tutorial 10: Animal Justice
Week 12 (JPD)
Lecture 12: Environmental Justice
No tutorial or quizzes this week
No Lectures or Tutorials this week - Writing Week
Essays due this week. Quizzes close this week
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Unit information based on version 2021.03 of the Handbook