LW357-6-SP-CO:
Justice

The details
2019/20
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
05 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

You’ll be introduced to some of the main contemporary theories of justice, and will examine some of the leading theories of distributive justice. You’ll study justice considered as a distinctively legal virtue and will address the question of the extent to which theories of distributive justice should have any bearing on the practice of the law. You’ll also be provided with some of the tools necessary to think about ethical and political matters.

Module aims

The module aims to introduce law students to some of the main contemporary theories of justice. It begins by examining some of the leading theories of distributive justice. It goes on to examine justice considered as a distinctively legal virtue and to address the question of the extent to which theories of distributive justice should have any bearing on the practice of the law.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of one or more of the theories of justice studied

2. Demonstrate capacity for critical thought

3. Produce an essay-length reasoned argument about a significant ethical or political issue

Module information

1. Introduction – brief overview of historical conceptions of justice; overview of some of the questions of justice that confront us today

2. Utilitarianism as a theory of justice

3. Rawls' theory of justice.

4. Nozick's entitlement theory of justice.

5. Dworkin's egalitarian theory of justice

6. The Capabilities approach of Sen and Nussbaum

7. Justice as Wealth Maximization

8. Legal justice – the rule of law

9. Corrective and distributive justice

10. Access to legal justice

Learning and teaching methods

There will be two hours of face to face teaching per week. One hour will be a lecture in which the subject matter is explained, the other a seminar in which it is discussed.

Bibliography

  • Tom Campbell. (2010) Justice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. vol. Issues in political theory

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 Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Quiz 0%
Coursework Formative Essay 90%
Coursework Summative Essay 10%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tom Cornford
Law General Office, 01206 872529, lawugadmin@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Christopher Lloyd
Oxford Brookes University
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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).

 

Further information
Law (School of)

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