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Taught by lauded Harvard professor Michael Sandel, Justice explores critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites learners to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination.

The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions.

Subtitles are available in Chinese, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.


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Taught by lauded Harvard professor Michael Sandel, Justice explores critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites learners to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination.

The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions.

Subtitles are available in Chinese, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.


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Kliti Kote

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
This Course is amazing! The Prof. Sandel is just 'Great'. Michael Sandel is best Prof. ever! I love this course and i love the professor Sandel.
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9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
Amazing brainstorming - after going through it one may be able to have a difference in opinion about life as Mr. Sandel gives so many aspects to the same situation by referring to some great philosophers.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Simply, Even 10 stars are not enough! Amazing!!!***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
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juan sanchez

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
This class is great. these are the great issues of our time. these are the issues that occupy our time. 1. real classroom. limited seats in the classroom 2. digital class. 1 billion people. Edx can now reach 1 billion people or 3 billion or anyone on planet earth. this is truly great. i urge all to take this class. Free on Edx. what is better than free for all. Harvard is now worldwide anytime anywhere for all people on earth now.
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3 years, 2 months ago
My think?, is one course very very import im my country El Salvador, for the big criminal register and corruption
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Eliezel Anjos

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Estimado Prof. Sandel, Estou cônscio que o curso será deveras profícuo, considerando os depoimentos. Att. Eliezel A. Anjos - Maceió/AL/Brasil
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Keith Heidenreich

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 4 months ago
What an excellent course. Watching Professor Sandel engage his students enhances the lectures and helps clarify the reading. I fell behind and didn't complete my first attempt, but was bound and determined the second time, it was that good. To me, this is what is best about the MOOC experience.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
Hands down, one of my top 2 favorite MOOC courses. Learned so much from this course and was highly motivated every step of the way. I will not lie, there is a lot more work in this course than in most of the other MOOC courses on this site but you will enjoy the teachers, students, and staff.
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4 years ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
I love this course! Professor Sandel can take a topic and make it come to life. The course has had a great impact on how I view circumstances in real life situations. Such a wealth of information.
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4 years ago
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
The couse is very interesting and exciting. You will be ablo to discuss some difficult topics without a correct answer and, in my opinion, thinking about them makes us better citizens. It's a vety useful course! Moreover, Professor Sandel is one of the best professors I've ever had.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
I really like this course... Everything about it was great! My time well spent... the teaching to the debates, just great!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
The professor is great! Enjoyed the class. Not one of the, but,in fact the best MOOC I have ever done! Thanks to professor for presenting us such a wonderful course!
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4 years, 5 months ago
Of the six courses that I've completed this was by far the best taught and the class interaction was useful. I would highly recommend this course, be prepared to work and learn. Professor Sandel, has written several books on ' PHILOSOPHY ', and this course is the most attended and popular course at Harvard. This distinction is the result of his mastery skills of speaking and knowledge about the subject material. I would highly recommend this course, if for no other reason than listening to Dr. Sandel's lectures and the student participation! This was my very first course with Edx. and possibly the most challenging and entertaining.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
As a human rights lawyer, I find this course very useful and I agree that it must be compulsory for those wanting to transform their countries. Prof Sanders is one of the greatest teachers and made me want to repeat the course. Many thanks to edx
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
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4 years, 2 months ago
I enjoyed this course immensely! It truly makes you question your own interpretation of justice while looking back on the historical arguments and how we as humans have reconciled what is right and wrong through the ages.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Excelent course! It makes you see the society in another way. The teacher is awsomea and the prompt discussions is so thought-provoking.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 3 months ago
A privilege to have done this course. The instruction of Prof Michael Sandel was captivating and engrossing. The online discussions of fellow students were lively, engaging and highly interactive.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 3 months ago
You can see his book "Justice" on the web page to understand more about the lecture. There are also another reading materials about philosopher. I have passed ER22. And now ER22.1 is better because subtitle of the video make it easier to watch the video. I like ER22.1 version, so I have got certificate ER22.1, too.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
I studied Law for a couple of years before dropping out. We skimmed over a bit of Philosophy here and there, as well as Criminal Law, but even though the discussion about what is just or unjust was recurring, I always felt I (and most of my colleagues) needed a bit of solid ground to start from. We often read advanced essays and books and critiques on those, but I always found it hard (for obvious reasons) to critique a theory without having a more solid grasp of the theory itself. In a nutshell, any argument about Justice must take into account what has been already said about the subject throughout human History. I eventually dropped out of Law School, but my curiosity about this subject (to be specific, Political Philosophy), kept growing, and I felt I needed to build some ground before going any further. Harvard's Justice fit my needs perfectly. Sandel's lectures require basically no specific background, being suitable for anyone... I studied Law for a couple of years before dropping out. We skimmed over a bit of Philosophy here and there, as well as Criminal Law, but even though the discussion about what is just or unjust was recurring, I always felt I (and most of my colleagues) needed a bit of solid ground to start from. We often read advanced essays and books and critiques on those, but I always found it hard (for obvious reasons) to critique a theory without having a more solid grasp of the theory itself. In a nutshell, any argument about Justice must take into account what has been already said about the subject throughout human History. I eventually dropped out of Law School, but my curiosity about this subject (to be specific, Political Philosophy), kept growing, and I felt I needed to build some ground before going any further. Harvard's Justice fit my needs perfectly. Sandel's lectures require basically no specific background, being suitable for anyone beginning their studies on Philosophy. The content is presented in a very organized fashion, and you can always clearly see where you came from and where you're going. Besides the lectures, the course has two types of readings: excerpts from Sandel's "Justice: What's the Right Thing to do?" and Philosophy texts. The latter, albeit optional (that is, reading them is not required to pass the course), are at a higher level than the rest of the material: they were mostly written over a hundred years ago, so the language may be an issue at times, and they all delve deeply each into their own subjects, much deeper, doubtlessly, than Sandel's lectures. This brings me to a small problem, so to speak, of the course. If you, like me, pick up Sandel's book at a library or bookstore, you'll find that reading through it won't take you over two weeks, and will give you a very satisfying time. But if you do that, you'll probably find (like me) that watching the lectures becomes a bit pointless: the book and the lectures are way too similar, to the point of Sandel writing/saying some exact same sentences at both of them. Since I read the whole book a bit prior to the course start, that led me to not watch the lectures in full, only a handful of them. Needless to say, the book gives you just as much as the lectures, so you can read it or watch those alternatively and still do well enough in the Quizzes/Final Exam to earn a certificate (I actually only got one question wrong, finishing the whole thing at 96%). In fact, to be honest, it seems to me that the multiple-choice format of testing doesn't work too well for Humanities as it does for Sciences, but this is the kind of trade-off you face when doing online courses: you get a broader audience, but you can only give each person so much attention - computers can't read and analyze written essays (yet), after all.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 66 completed
3 years, 10 months ago
I passed this class by taking all the tests on the last day of the class and barely looking at the material provided by the course. That is a big disappointment since this class was given by Harvard. However, I've heard so many good things about the course, that now that I have time I will look at the actual course materials which I expect to be interesting.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
We'll produced course based on live lectures.  The spontaneity of the students initially intimidated me somewhat but it took me a while to realise the questions and responses were "stage managed".   This did not take away anything from the course but added a better level of continuity than would be possible in your typical lecture hall.  One of the more difficult MOOCs I have tried but very rewarding and worthwhile.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Professor Sandel is one of my best tutors so far, and I'm a lawyer doing my masters in University of Aberdeen at the moment. He was very engaging, and despite the fact that it was online, I felt the passion and like a part of the classroom. Kept me coming back and looking forward to the classes
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
This course has changed the way I define justice. Before this, i've never known how to use philosophy to debate with others about what's the right thing to do - from a Vietnamese law student.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
Take this course. The topics, the lectures, the interaction between Professor Sandel and his Harvard students is enjoyable to watch. The readings are interesting and the quizzes are challenging. What a great experience.
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4 years, 5 months ago
Professor Sandel is just great! This class will make you a thoughtful citizen.This course changes your life! The best course I've ever been enrolled!
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4 years, 4 months ago
Great videos where Professor Sandel engages with his students very interactively. The course is mind opening, and its material should be compulsory for everyone. There's a fair amount of reading, but you can do without it. Even if you don't take the Quizzes, I really recommend watching all 24-minute videos.
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4 years, 7 months ago
Excellent course. The professor (Michael Sandel) is very engaging as he got everyone in the class involved. The issues discussed are very real and practical in our day-to-day lives. He used real-life cases to bring past philosophers and philosophies to life. Excellent course!
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4 years, 8 months ago
Course 'JUSTICE' is justified.The best course I have ever listened to.Prof Sandel drives everyone to a imaginative world of Justice,occasionally bringing everyone to the domain of morality,righteousness and world of justice as in real world.
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