PHL409 Justice and Punishment (8)


This subject is concerned with the study of philosophical theories of justice. It analyses the concept of justice and examines theories about the meaning and content of justice with respect to social and economic arrangements, civil and criminal law, trials and punishments.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHL409
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Honours and Postgraduate students only.
Not for students who have completed PHL403 or PHL209.
Incompatible subject(s)
PHL209 PHL403

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • - be able to display a deep knowledge of philosophical theories of justice
  • - be able to analyse and apply the concept of justice and related terms
  • - be able to clearly articulate the different types of justice
  • - be able to use the discourse of justice to critically analyse social and economic policy
  • - have a deep understanding of the ways in which law and justice are connected
  • - be able to articulate the idea of a fair trial
  • - exhibit advanced knowledge of competing justificatory theories of punishment, including their strengths and weaknesses


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Justice
- General theories of Justice
- Punishment
- Legal Justice


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.