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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


4.8 rating, based on 55 Class Central 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...
  • Great course! Thought provoking, interesting information, and the course materials compliment the lectures very well. I enjoyed the philosophical approach to Justice and the ethical questions posed. The material is a little dense and is not easy, but if you pay attention to the lectures and then read the material actively, everything will come together clearly.
  • 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.
  • Syed Nabeel
    Amazing course. Anyone looking to study the ethics and morals of past philosophers like Aristotle, Bentham and Kant should start here. Excellent introductory course leaving the attendee with a lot to ponder over.
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    Sakura Arden Park
    it's all about considering decisions, making a discussion about them, then finally numerically voting on the final conclusion.
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    Jan Stajnko

    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",
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    Mukevelwa Veyele
    When it comes to what is fair, everyone is owed basic things. Access to food, shelter, and clean water are the big three. In certain societies, these are often taken for granted among the majority of the population, but there are always gaps. Think of Flint, Michigan, where clean water not poisoned by lead is not a given. Food deserts exist all over America, while the homeless crisis has reached a critical point in states like Oregon and Washington. Social justice extends to other countries, as well, where basic needs are just as needed, but not supplied. By speaking up in support of essentials, people are working for social justice
  • 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!
  • Anonymous
    Uma exelente aquisição para ampliar nosso conhecimento e ter um exelente certificado de conclusão em nosso currículo
  • We are Human being so we have to power excise got a single injustice against judgment. Justice delayed Justice denied
  • Anonymous
    Uma excelente escolha para ampliar o nosso conhecimento em uma das áreas mais importantes do mercado
  • Anonymous
    Extraordinary and modern vision . Paradoxal dificulty socially and philosophically and decisions very hard and controversial to respond. Really one of the most extraordinary contemporary philosophers
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    Naldo Oliveira MRV
    Vou começar agora depois vou afirmar a vocês minhas expectativas.

    Sei que será coisa boa materiais muito bem elaborado pois estamos falando de uma Universidade bem conceituada.
  • P.Singh
    Brilliantly delivered by Prof Michael Sandel. Once you get going, you will keep coming back and when it end's you will wish there were more lectures.
  • 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: -...
  • 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.

    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.
  • Anonymous
    Eu gosto muito da área tribunalista e justiça ,pq eu sou apaixonada na área de direito . pretendo cursar direito e aprimorar cada vez mais com cursos online a experiência na área jurídica pra se aprofundar mais nesses conceitos e ter mais conhecimento,e saber mais sobre leis

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