PHIL139-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Ethics, Politics and Justice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


How we should live our lives is the most important question of all. What makes our actions right or wrong? Is it our culture, our emotions, facts about the world, or God's commands? Are pleasure and happiness all that really matters? What should we do when justice and freedom conflict with happiness or with each other? Should we always obey the law? Is taxation legalised theft? This course introduces students to moral and political philosophy by examining ideas and arguments about how we should live our personal, social and political lives.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Course Coordinator

Carolyn Mason

Textbooks / Resources

Russ Shafer-Landau. (2017). The Fundamentals of Ethics. (4th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Jonathan Wolff. (2015). An Introduction to Political Philosophy. (3rd ed). Oxford University Press.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All PHIL139 Occurrences

  • PHIL139-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • PHIL139-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)