Theories of Justice

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
IUS/20
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course will introduce students to the contemporary philosophical debate about justice, paying special attention to questions of social and global justice. It will address general questions about the validity of our opinions about justice, the status of theories of justice, and the relation between justice and equality, and specific problems of justice concerning the social division of labour and wealth, the value of individual freedom and its limitation, the public treatment of disagreements about morality and happiness, the protection of human rights and the fight against world poverty.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course students should have acquired:
- knowledge and understanding of the main philosophical conceptions of justice and of their implications for legislation and public policies;
- the capability to apply acquired knowledge to elaborate and defend in a public debate a personal normative position on specific problems of justice.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First trimester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for the academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Students who will take the exam in English as non-attending students will be requires to read some philosophical texts about justice.
Prerequisites for admission
Lectures will be given in Italian and attending students will be required to read texts and participate to class discussion in that language.
Students who don't have the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to take part to these activities could take the exam in English as non-attending students. A bibliography in English will be provided on request.
No other preliminary knowledge is required.
Teaching methods
The teaching activities will include lectures and class discussion. The standard language for both activities will be Italian. Students who don't have the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to attend classes with profit could take the exam in English as non-attending students.
For the final exam, non-attending students should prepare the texts listed in a Bibliography that will be provided on request.
Teaching Resources
Students who don't have the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to attend the classes with profit but who are interested in the topics of the course could take the exam in English as non-attending students.
A bibliography in English will be provided on request. In order to get it, email the professor.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students who don't have the knowledge of the Italian language necessary to attend classes with profit could take the exam in English as non-attending students.
The final exam for non-attending students will consist in a written test and in an oral test, both mandatory.
The written test will be structured in six open-ended questions on the assigned readings. Each answer will be given a mark from 6 to 30 (missing and completely wrong answers will get a 6) and the final mark will result from the arithmetic average of all marks. Students will have two hours to complete the written test.
The oral test could change the result of the written test of a maximum of two marks, for better or for worse.
Being Italian the standard language for the course, students who want to take the exam in English should inform the teacher by email a few days before the date of the exam.
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Riva Nicola
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Reception:
Office hours are on Tuesday afternoon. The professor should be contacted by email in order to make an appointment through Microsoft Teams or on campus.