The Politics of Social Justice - Not offered in AY 2022-23

Undergraduate Program Status

3rd year
Politics and Society
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Students on-site
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Course Description: 

This course gives an overview of normative theories of justice as well as their political application. The main aim of the course is to familiarize students with classical debates on the principles of distribution of basic rights and entitlements. The course introduces students into classical justice theories from the ancient Greece, early modern theories as well as contemporary debates. The main emphasis will be on the normative implications of utilitarian, contractualist and libertarian normative justice theories. In order to go beyond and complement the strictly normative theoretical perspectives, the course will use case studies to demonstrate the practical policy implications of different theories of justice. Throughout the course, we will explore how, when and why normative social justice arguments are used in actual political debates.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand and compare different normative theories of justice;
  • comparatively study main theories of social justice;
  • analyze the practical policy implications of different social justice theories;
  • critically engage with normative and practical dilemmas related to the distribution of rights and entitlements;
  • apply different normative theories of social justice in policy analysis;
  • comparatively analyze the political use of social justice arguments.