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Undergraduate | MAQ-PHIX3057 | 2024

Theories of Justice

Previously MAQ-PHIX357

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Weigh up competing philosophical theories about justice and its role in society. Begin with John Rawls' bedrock theory of justice. Spearhead discussions about equality, multiculturalism and gender. Interrogate the obligations of democratic citizens.

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Start dates
22 July 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Theories of Justice

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1. understand some of the major theories and current debates in contemporary political philosophy.
    2. analyse arguments in the relevant literature
    3. evaluate relevant theories and arguments critically
    4. communicate clearly your own own perspective on the views and arguments presented in the subject.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

one of

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PHI320 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-PHIX357 (Not currently available)


130cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PHI320, PHL357, PHIL357, PHIX357
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
PHIL3057 Theories of Justice

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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