Courses & Units

Justice in Theory HPP103


In this unit students will investigate different approaches to justice. The unit introduces students to theorists such (Plato, Socrates, Kant, Hobbes Locke, and Rawls) Through a justice discourse students will consider the nature and characteristics of justice. Students will also study the quality of substantive social justice through the lens of, power, race, class, gender. Similarly interpretative models of justice will be assessed for their usefulness as a tool in assisting understanding (eg; restorative, distributive, retributive and procedural). There will be a strong emphasis on Indigenous justice and alternative justice forums.


Unit name Justice in Theory
Unit code HPP103
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Matt Killingsworth
Available as an elective? Yes
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Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and explain concepts of justice and their relation to justice theory
  • Articulate justice theory and interpret its application for a range of situations
  • Identify and discuss theoretical knowledge underlying the concept of justice to examples of justice practice
  • Communicate effectively in an appropriate format
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091100 $1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $1,919.00

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture (on/off campus), 60  minutes, 1x weekly

Tuorial (on/off campus), 60 minutes, 1x weekly

AssessmentAssessment Task 1. Reading Quiz (10%)|Assessment Task 3. Critical Writing task (35%)|Assessment Task 4. Major Essay (40%)|Assessment Task 2. Justice Reflection (15%)
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