PHIL202 - Justice, Authority and Human Rights
Prerequisites PHIL100 Philosophy: The Big Questions or PHIL102 Theories of Human Nature or PHIL104 Introduction to Ethics or PHIL107 Philosophy of World Religions
Teaching Organisation This unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials and online learning. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.
This unit is concerned with examining the fundamental concepts and theories of justice and authority that characterise social and political thought. The unit explores how the theories address a range of pressing political and social problems concerning the nature and legitimacy of political authority, social and economic justice, the rights of individuals and groups, and the notions of liberty and equality. The unit serves an important role in introducing students to significant moral and political debates confronting society, provides them with an opportunity to explore influential perspectives regarding those debates, and asks them to develop a reasoned position of their own. The unit is designed to strengthen students’ philosophical acumen and to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage constructively on important social and political issues. It also aims to enhance the kinds of critical thinking skills that are important across a range of occupations or professions.