Unit description

Examines ideas on justice, and their political implications, at community, national and international level. Theories and approaches on rights, justice, tolerance, liberty and equality, identity and oppression, citizenship, pluralism and democratic dialogue are critically considered in modern life Context facilitates a philosophical evaluation of differing political approaches to justice.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction: Democratic theory in practice
Topic 2: Rights and abuses
Topic 3: Justice and injustices
Topic 4: Equality and inequality
Topic 5: Freedom
Topic 6: Rights, justice, equality and liberty in practice
Topic 7: Politics of identity: Gender, race and ethnicity
Topic 8: Citizenship: Inclusion and exclusion
Topic 9: Nationalism, pluralism and cosmopolitanism
Topic 10: Democratic dialogue and participation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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