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PAIR3015 Contemporary Theories of Justice

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to familiarise you with several important, but competing, theories of justice,. Such theories give guidance on important questions of distributive justice (who ought to get what, when and why?), and provide, to varying degrees, grounds for the condemnation of real-world injustices. It also engages with important methodological debates about how we should theorise about justice, and what status the results of our reflection should be seen as having. On completing the module, you will be expected to have a good understanding of some important recent theories of justice, the various difficulties they face, and the contested methodological territories on which they are staked out.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a range of contemporary views on the nature and demands of justice
  • Assess written arguments
  • Produce detailed and considered normative arguments, in written form

Syllabus

The module discusses the contributions contemporary political theory has made to thinking about questions of distributive justice. Indicative issues might include: - Rawls’s theory of justice - Cohen’s critique of Rawls - Nozick and right-libertarianism - Dworkin and luck egalitarianism - Left-libertarianism - Marxism and the critique of exploitation - Iris Young on oppression

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study124
Lecture22
Seminar4
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

M. Clayton and A. Williams (Eds.). Social Justice. 

W. Kymlicka. Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction (Second Edition). 

C. Farrelly. An Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory. 

J. Rawls. A Theory of Justice. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 40%
Essay  (2500 words) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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