PHL209 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 Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHL209. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have completed PHL409.

Learning Outcomes

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


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Introduction to Justice
- General theories of Justice
- Punishment
- Legal Justice


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.