Justice and Equality
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
20 April 2023
Requisites for this module
MA L20512 Political Theory,
MA L20524 Political Theory,
MA L205EB Political Theory
In the UK, 2.5 million people are millionaires. In this same society, 2.5 million children live in persistent poverty. Many will find these numbers disconcerting. This module considers different answers to why such inequalities are unjust. When and why are differences in life chances fair?
How much does the state owe to its citizens? What does a just distribution of resources and opportunities look like? GV908 Justice and Equality introduces and considers two of the major concepts in political theory and politics, more generally. It introduces students to key debates and questions concerning the most central question of politics: who gets what? Students will study different answers to the questions of what a fair distribution of society’s resources looks like, what equality of opportunity consists in, and what citizens owe each other.
GV908 will introduce MA students to some of the key topics and themes within contemporary political theory, and will embrace discussions in analytical political theory. The module aims to expose students to a variety of debates about the moral and political principles that regulate different areas of public policy. Students will be able to appraise arguments on different sides of a range of controversial political topics.
The aims of this module are:
- To introduce a range of ideas and concepts in analytical political theory.
- To engage students in a series of close textual readings of selected essays, books and articles, with the aim of elucidating key concepts and ideas in public policy disputes.
- To examine a number of central debates in contemporary political theory.
- Students should be in a position to develop and execute a Masters Research Dissertation in political theory.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Understand the normative dimensions of key policy controversies.
- Introduce students to the work of major contemporary political theorists, including John Rawls, Robert Nozick, G. A. Cohen and Ronald Dworkin.
- Write clear analyses of contemporary policy controversies.
No additional information available.
The teaching is structured in weekly two-hour seminars. Members of the seminar are expected to attend on a weekly basis, and be prepared to discuss the essential texts in the seminars.
Simmons, A.J. (2008a) ‘Political Obligation and Authority’, in R.L. Simon (ed.) The Blackwell Guide to Social and Political Philosophy
. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers Ltd, pp. 17–37. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470756621.ch1
Rawls, J. (1999) A theory of justice
. Rev. ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.2307/j.ctvkjb25m
Nozick, R. (no date) ‘Distributive Justice.’ Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/2264891
Cohen, G.A. (2009) Why Not Socialism?
Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Available at: https://www-jstor-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/stable/j.ctt7sk94
Brighouse, H. and Swift, A. (2014) Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships
. Course Book. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1689368
Daniels, N. (1996) Justice and justification: reflective equilibrium in theory and practice
. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.1017/CBO9780511624988
Waldron, J. (2014) Harm in Hate Speech
. Harvard University Press. Available at: https://www-jstor-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/stable/10.2307/j.ctt2jbrjd
Patten, A. (2017) ‘Religious Exemptions and Fairness’, in C. Laborde and A. Bardon (eds) Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy
. Oxford University Press. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/oso/9780198794394.003.0015
Wellman, C.H. (2008) ‘Immigration and Freedom of Association’, Ethics
, 119(1), pp. 109–141. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1086/592311
Norcross, A. (no date) ‘Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases.’ Available at: http://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/readings/norcross.pdf
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
Additional coursework information
For the essays, students must choose from a list of questions which will be posted to Moodle.
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Adrian Florea
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Available via Moodle
Of 16 hours, 16 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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