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POLS202 Theories of Justice

An exploration of different theories of justice from ancient to contemporary times. Examples may include justice as a social contract, justice as impartiality, distributive justice, reconciliation and restorative justice, and retributive justice.

This paper explores different theories of justice in contemporary political thought. All societies need rules. But what constitutes a just law and why? What might be a fair distribution of society's resources? Do we need to accommodate and affirm gender and cultural differences in our public policies and laws, or should justice be blind to such differences? And how should we punish those who transgress our laws?
The topics we examine include human rights and distributive justice; freedom and equality; the politics of community, representation and difference; retributive justice and revenge; forgiveness and reconciliation; and historical injustice.

Paper title Theories of Justice
Paper code POLS202
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or PHIL 103 or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Textbooks
Readings will be available via Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key debates and concepts in contemporary political theory, and develop skills in critical analysis, argumentation and writing.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 19-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-15, 17, 19-21

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-15, 17, 19-21
T2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-15, 17, 19-21
T3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 17, 19-21

An exploration of different theories of justice from ancient to contemporary times. Examples may include justice as a social contract, justice as impartiality, distributive justice, reconciliation and restorative justice, and retributive justice.

This paper explores different theories of justice in contemporary political thought. All societies need rules. But what constitutes a just law and why? What might be a fair distribution of society's resources? Do we need to accommodate and affirm gender and cultural differences in our public policies and laws or should justice be blind to such differences? And how should we punish those who transgress our laws? The topics we examine in exploring these questions include rights, distributive justice, equality and multiculturalism, the politics of community, representation and difference, retributive justice and revenge, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Paper title Theories of Justice
Paper code POLS202
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 100-level POLS paper or PHIL 103 or 72 points.
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Vicki Spencer
Textbooks
The readings will be available on E-Reserve via Blackboard and a course reader will be available for purchase.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
You will be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the key debates and concepts in contemporary Anglo-American political theory on issues of distributive justice and theories of punishment, and you will develop skills in critical analysis, argumentation, research and writing.
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-21
T2 Thursday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 15-17, 19-21
T3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 15-17, 19-21
T4 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-17, 19-21