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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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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 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
  • 91 reviews
  • 66 completed
5 years, 9 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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6 years, 3 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
6 years, 3 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
6 years, 3 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
6 years, 3 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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6 years, 4 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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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 2 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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6 years, 5 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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6 years, 6 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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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 6 months ago
Simply amazing... I LOVE THIS CLASS! I literally feel the class, unreal you might say but to hear my classmates give their opinions and listen the breakdown from the lecturer is most intriguing yet informative. I am learning so much.
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6 years, 6 months ago
This is my first course and I find it truly engaging. I didn't have much prior experience with the subject, but that does not matter. The course is really fun and inspiring and I can recommend to everyone. It is great for both novice MOOC users and experts course-takers.
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6 years, 6 months ago
I just have a question if anyone could help me out with this. I have registered for this course, and have access to the courseware and videos etc.. Does this mean I have audited it and eligible for the honour code certificate? I am not doing the other certificate. If the answer is no, can someone please provide me with instructions on how to audit this course so I can receive the honour code certificate? thanks
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6 years, 9 months ago
I had no experience whatsoever in logics before taking the course. I found it extremely interesting, I could understand the material (even though I am not a native speaker of English) and learned a lot. It helped me think and rethink fundaments of society we take for granted and to question them. The global classroom, with students from all over the world, was also fantastic. Listening to very different opinions about global topics (such as surrogate motherhood) helped me get a gist of where the global thought is going to. It is an interesting course for anyone with an open mind and a desire to understand more our decisions and choices as human beings and societies
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6 years, 10 months ago
Professor Sandel was an excellent lecturer. You always hear about the Socratic method, but this is the first time I've actually seen it used and it was incredible. The class takes place in the beautiful Sanders Theatre. You study some very interesting cases. So interesting that I ended up discussing them with my friends and family and even bought my mom a copy of Professor Sandel's book.
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6 years, 10 months ago
This is a fantastic course for anyone who is interested in the idea of Justice and fairness. It analyzes the thought process of some of the famous philosophers in history with respect to law and justice, state and private property, utilitarianism vs categorism, etc. Basically for those who are passionate about the field of criminal law but are not into seriously pursuing it. A parting word, the exams require a high level of thinking so one may find it challenging, personally I enjoyed them.
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7 years, 1 month ago
This might be the best course online! We have run this course twice very successfully at the PLATO Society of Los Angeles. The discussions are impressive!
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7 years, 2 months ago
Imagine you are driving a trolley car, up ahead you see 5 people working. You try to stop the car, press the break, to your astonishment it did not work, you keep on trying again and again, otherwise these workers will surely die, but it's of no use. So, you feel absolutely desperate. Until, just before you were about to hit the workers. who are absorbed in some repair work and can't hear you screaming, you notice there is another track to the right, which you can turn to, but sadly there seems to be one worker on that side of the track, Will you turn the wheel ?! Is it the right thing to so ?!! In this course we discuss questions of distributive justice, and of moral desert, controversial issues like Military conscription, Affirmative action and Gay marriages. In this course you will read, and understand, Bentham, J Locke, Kant, J Rawls, Aristole and free experts from Micheal Sandal's book. This course is essential for anyone who wa... Imagine you are driving a trolley car, up ahead you see 5 people working. You try to stop the car, press the break, to your astonishment it did not work, you keep on trying again and again, otherwise these workers will surely die, but it's of no use. So, you feel absolutely desperate. Until, just before you were about to hit the workers. who are absorbed in some repair work and can't hear you screaming, you notice there is another track to the right, which you can turn to, but sadly there seems to be one worker on that side of the track, Will you turn the wheel ?! Is it the right thing to so ?!! In this course we discuss questions of distributive justice, and of moral desert, controversial issues like Military conscription, Affirmative action and Gay marriages. In this course you will read, and understand, Bentham, J Locke, Kant, J Rawls, Aristole and free experts from Micheal Sandal's book. This course is essential for anyone who want to be well-rounded, and think for himself. The course is accessible for anyone who has a good grasp of English language(even if not, check the subtitles option). The lectures are enjoyable and engaging. The assessments are multiple choice quizzes and a final. Everyone should definitely take this course !
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7 years, 3 months ago
I had no prior experience with this course per se but had read about the various concepts in other times and for pure entertainment. This course took all the ideas I thought I knew and made me question my beliefs. It put me in an awkward position by asking me questions that I had never thought I would have to answer. I highly recommend this course for everyone regardless of your background. I dropped out because I just did not have the time to finish the course.
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7 years, 5 months ago
I have attempted a few MOOCs in the last year or so, and while they have varied from excellent (History of the World since 1300) to awful (Introduction to Logic) I have not managed to continue them as my interest/work load balance has failed me. This course is simply excellent. It is engaging, fascinating, difficult without being too daunting, and brilliantly structured. The lectures are marvellous and the level of interaction with both staff and other students is higher than I expected. I an nearing the end, and I know I will miss my weekly interactions and learning. I cannot rate it highly enough. Great fun, great education.
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10/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 4 months ago
Extraordinarily engaging lectures that were very effective in explaining theories of justice and in transmitting to students more profound ways of confronting there own intuitions about right and wrong. For me this was just the right level. We touched on major philosophers from Aristotle through Locke, Kant, Bentham, Mill, Nozick, etc. enough to understand different ways of addressing what is good and what is right. It does not make me an expert, but it does give me new tools for making decisions on what policies to support and maybe even what actions to take. The time investment was not so great bot the return on that investment was very high.
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7 years, 4 months ago
A great learning experience that everyone should have -- one of the great on- line courses to date, in my opinion.
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7/10 starsCompleted
7 years, 4 months ago
Very enjoyable course, covers a pretty broad range of notable historical ethicists and theoretical frameworks. Strictly a traditional overview with no real involvement of applied ethics or recent scientific insights into the issues. Prof. Sandel is a talented speaker and the lectures include some student interactions that the Prof. facilitates well. Minimal assessment required for completion. Highly recommended.
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7 years, 5 months ago
An amazing course by an amazing professor with amazing students on-camera. They managed to discuss all the issues you dream of hearing about in a classroom about moral justice: abortion, same-sex marriage, etc. - and all while being polite, not recurring to insult, and being spot-on with their arguments. The lecturer manages to remain neutral enough, and I bet he won't hurt your feelings if you happen to disagree with what's being said. If anything, he will make you a better thinker. And, as he says, he will "unsettle you". While the class isn't hard, it is challenging to keep up with all the nuances and all the small variations and arguments. However, the "self-test" exercises are really helpful. They also allowed students to wait for all the material and do the whole one-semester course in bulk, which was really cool. I got so hooked I finished all the material in 2 weeks! Highly recommended! A minor detail: The video footage is "o... An amazing course by an amazing professor with amazing students on-camera. They managed to discuss all the issues you dream of hearing about in a classroom about moral justice: abortion, same-sex marriage, etc. - and all while being polite, not recurring to insult, and being spot-on with their arguments. The lecturer manages to remain neutral enough, and I bet he won't hurt your feelings if you happen to disagree with what's being said. If anything, he will make you a better thinker. And, as he says, he will "unsettle you". While the class isn't hard, it is challenging to keep up with all the nuances and all the small variations and arguments. However, the "self-test" exercises are really helpful. They also allowed students to wait for all the material and do the whole one-semester course in bulk, which was really cool. I got so hooked I finished all the material in 2 weeks! Highly recommended! A minor detail: The video footage is "old" (there's mention of George W. being President), but it's still relevant and up to date.
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7 years, 5 months ago
I pretty much just started the course and I am loving it so far. I am still an AS Level student and it is still a bit daunting for me but the lecturer is amazing. He really explains well. The only problem I do have is the amount of reading material they give...I am okay with even 2 hour of video but even a 2-minute reading material will be difficult for me Tip: If you are starting now, take out atleast 2 hours per day otherwise the course requires like 2 hours per week. Good luck :)
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5 years, 1 month ago
I am afraid and I feel sad that no student has said that in the 1930's the utilitarian point of view has lead to Nazism state of mind and its dictature. The Holocaust decision was based on the utilitarian thinking pushed to the extreme. Yes I am a 62 years old European, and now youngsters are too far away from that awful memory. A better awareness should be learnt from History. Be careful because nowadays, the George Orwell's dreadful novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" and its "Big Brother" became a reality. Remember that in the 30's, Thomas J. Watson (IBM), Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company), James D. Mooney (General Motors) and some "Big" others like Charles Lindbergh had a great "empathy" for Hitler politics. Hitler honored them in return, within the "Order of the German Eagle" (The highest nazi official award for foreigners special contributors).
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