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Global Justice (9556.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



    This unit examines whether or not global justice is impossible because of a chaotic and extremely diverse world, or to varying degrees, whether or not justice by its very nature demands a global context and scope of applicability. The unit begins with an exploration of human rights. Embedded in the human rights context is an analysis of the political theories of justice - through a cursory review of some of the seminal texts on global justice - along with an examination of applied and distributive justice focusing on specific issues or problems that have arisen in contemporary global dynamics. Thus, gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, genocide, self-determination, environmental concerns, class, and participatory rights become the concrete realities to be explored in light of the theoretical material on global justice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the significance of a human rights context for exploring global justice including key conceptual, international historical developments, and western versus non-western perspectives of human rights;

    2. Compare and contrast competing notions of justice grounded in the debate between "natural order" and "utilitarian" conceptualisations;

    3. Compare and contrast nationalist and cosmopolitan political perspectives, and explain how different conceptions of the self and corresponding theories of justice relate to each perspective;

    4. Analyse western and non-western perspective as well as their related conceptual underpinnings of human rights and associated notions of theoretical and applied justice; and

    5. Reconsider theoretical material in light of specific global realities pertaining to political agency, conflicting pursuits of justice and the "needs" versus "rights" discourse.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government



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