Social Justice Law and Society (SCLG2605)


This unit of study examines a range of approaches to social justice, including distributive and recognition or identity theories. We ask how one works out what a socially just society would look like, considering guiding principles such as desert, need, merit and equality of resources, opportunity or capabilities. We then link these ideas with principles and practices of legal equality and human rights law and specific contemporary social justice topics such as racial, gender, environmental and international justice.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Class facilitation (20%), 2500wd reflective journal (50%), 1500wd Take-home exercise (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points in Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points in Socio-Legal Studies)


SCLG2017, SCLG2536

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.