Law (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
05 August 2019
Requisites for this module
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.
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.
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
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
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.
- 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
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tom Cornford
Law General Office, 01206 872529, email@example.com
Dr Christopher Lloyd
Oxford Brookes University
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).
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