Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beth Edmondson


Previously coded HPL2507


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.


Written work: 60%
2 hour exam: 40%

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 equivalents


ATS3567, GSC2507, HPL2507, HPL3507