Thinking deeply about what makes for a just society
We live in a time of great social, ethical, and political uncertainty. This unit responds to this context by leading you to engage with a range of contemporary philosophical debates and perspectives on the nature of the good society. It provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills to participate constructively in dialogue regarding matters of fundamental social importance.
You will engage in careful examination of key concepts, theories, and debates concerning issues such as the fair distribution of the burdens and benefits of society, the rights and duties of individuals and communities in local and global contexts, and the understanding and implementation of basic freedoms in areas such as speech, religion, and opportunity. In so doing, the meaning and contours of key ideas such as human dignity, social justice, human solidarity and human value are explored.
The unit provides you with an opportunity to develop a scholarly and integrated personal account of the good society that draws directly on contemporary moral, social, and political philosophy, including some key themes in Catholic social thought.
On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
You should have developed your ability to achieve the following ACU graduate attributes: