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Justice

Harvard University via edX

Overview

Taught by lauded Harvard professor Michael Sandel, Justice explores critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites learners to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination.

The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions.

Taught by

Michael J. Sandel

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 41 reviews

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  • Diego Riccardi completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very recommended if you care about this topic (who shouldn't care about that?). I'm posting part of the conclusion here, get an idea if you want: "We consider the arguments that are provoked by particular cases. We try to develop the reasons that lead...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Brilliant course - engaging, challenging, and well-designed. Great discussion on controversial topics like abortion, gay marriage, human rights . Prof. Sandel is very ethical and manages to maintain philosophical rather than political atmosphere in the classroom . The assignments are not too hard and it's allowed to do them all in bulk. Highly recommend this course to anybody to become a better thinker, and for personal or professional growth.
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    Jan Stajnko completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It is one of the best courses out there. In this course, you will get a great mixture of political philosophy, ethics, moral philosophy and humour. It is worth it even to just watch prof. Sandel's rethorics skills.

    Highly advisable for legal students who want to think "out of the box",
  • Zoya K is taking this course right now, spending 40 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am currently powering through the course, as I just discovered it, and it ends in a week. I have completed four modules in one day, without getting bored. The professor is simply amazing, and the lectures are enjoyable, thoughtful, and very engaging. The readings support the material learned in the lectures. It is incredibly thought provoking-- I wouldn't recommend to the people who get uncomfortable with morally provoking questions.
  • Noor Almalki

    Noor Almalki is taking this course right now, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I audited this course.
    In the beginning of the course, Dr. Sandel warns us that we will not be the same when we finish this course. He was right! He provides the student with the background and tools to engage with many philosophical issues and debate current political controversies of the day. I am planning to read his book ‘Justice’ to review and consolidate what I learned in this course. I want to learn more about philosophy.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Great course and great teacher! I didn't know there were so many distinct perspectives on justice and the good life. I highly recommend it!
  • Joerg Riebel completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    HARVARDX’s MOOC “Justice” is challenging our understanding of “what is fair and just”. It explores and explains moral reasoning and how to apply it to contemporary, societal issues like same-sex marriage, affirmative action or inequality. Pros: -...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an excellent course. Professor Sandel is an outstanding teacher. The topics are wide ranging, the resources are very good . I liked the lectures and the discussion boards. I completed the very first Justice course and then returned to repeat as I enjoyed it so much this year.
  • DR Morris completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It was a very interesting course with practical philosophical, ethical, sociological and legal examples that keep. I think The professor thinks he is performing in an amphitheatre with the likes of classical philosophers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is a delight to challenge myself, about moral justice issues and interesting to see what others are saying. I just love it. I love learning, again.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I did PhD in Equity. The Justice course conducted by Professor Michael J. Sandal is so useful to me broaden my horizon, professionalism even more. Thank you so much.
  • Francine

    Francine is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    i really liked the way this first class was set up with the prticipation of the students; found it stimulating, toughts provokingand fun at the same time
  • Tanya Korshun completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    For everyone who is interested in philosophy it's a good course for developing the historic perspective of the topic. Great experience
  • Abdul Raziq is taking this course right now, spending 100+ hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I don't about myself and I want to know about
    Myself and I will a good business men and I want to make myself and I will earning money
  • Dinda Putri Titi Sari
    Keadilan yang terjadi di Indonesia saat ini sangat menghawatirkan dikarenakan banyak sekali suara-suara rakyat yang tidak didengar oleh para penguasa dan selalu ditindak sewenang-wenang mereka/rezim otoriter, dan isu-isu tentang omnimbus law banyak sekali yang beredar. Kami harap keadilan untuk rakyat dapat segera didengar.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you for this valuable course
    I will hard study
    I will gather more competence
    hopeful i can enroll and studying will attract more higher paid jobs and careers development
    This is my best foothold to my and family future engagement
    Thank you very much
  • Aana

    Aana completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

  • Claire Wagner

    Claire Wagner completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

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  • Tamaz Akhobadze is taking this course right now, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am lawer and i will be happy to study to my profesion i want to know many fo other country ruls and justisce

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