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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beth Edmondson


Previously coded HPL3507


This unit introduces students to major ideological and philosophical debates and perspectives concerning the nature, characteristics and importance of justice. It examines the roles of key political philosophers in shaping visions and practices that extend or limit the application and pursuit of justice and its expression in freedom, equality, opportunity and societal well-being.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Familiarity with and understanding of major political philosophical viewpoints;
  2. Understanding of the importance of justice as a component of social and political visions, including key modern ideologies;
  3. An ability to identify links between justice, freedom, power and citizenship;
  4. Application of relevant analytical skills and conceptual frameworks;
  5. Application of meaningful comparative references when discussing the role of justice in political philosophies and ideologies;
  6. Effective use of primary sources in written assessment tasks.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%
Third level students are required to demonstrate greater levels of theoretical reflection and analysis in their written work than students studying at second level.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beth Edmondson

Contact hours

2 hours per week (1 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Criminal Justice


ATS1312 and ATS1898 or HPL1504, or equivalent


ATS2567, GSC2507, HPL2507, HPL3507