Universität Wien

030205 VO Justice (2021W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.10. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 09:30 - 12:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Justice is among the central, frequently quoted and intensely contested ideals of human coexistence. Justice indicates what we owe to each other: conduct, goods, rights and duties. Justice is referred to in discussions about lowering the tax burden for some groups and raising it for others, about the allocation of scarce medical goods, about shaping relations among the generations or about the legitimation of military measures, such as the “humanitarian intervention” in Libya. In order to approach such issues, we need, first of all, to clarify what we mean by the term: Justice not just an individual virtue, it is also a requirement of institutions – particularly of law and the state, where rights and duties, goods and positions are distributed. Depending on context, justice appears in different manifestations, be it with regard to the legitimation of power relations (political justice), the distribution of resources (social justice), the compensation of wrongs (corrective justice) or the question how to deal with respective conflicts in a way to generate reasonably acceptable solutions (procedural justice). Based on this foundation, a short history of justice from antiquity to our present age will be sketched, followed by a presentation of current theories, such as Rawls’s liberal conception of justice as fairness, communitarianism, multiculturalism as well as libertarian, egalitarian and non-egalitarian humanist theories. Subsequently, issues of justice in the welfare state, in close social relations and in gender relations are enlarged upon. The engagement with the relationship of law and justice as well as the challenge of global justice concludes the lecture. Apart from philosophical foundations, particular attention will be given to current debates. The lecture serves to deliver knowledge; discussion will be a vital part.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written open book exam, carried out online.
Second exam date: Tuesday, 01.03.2022, 9.30.
Third exam date: Tuesday, 28.06.2022, 9.30.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

You have to be able to write down essential knowledge acquired in the lecture and by studying the book "Gerechtigkeit". You should be able to answer questions in a trenchant way. There will be seven questions, six of which will be on particular issues (with four points each to be gained for an answer), whereas the seventh question is open and will be worth eight points.

Examination topics

Elisabeth Holzleithner, Gerechtigkeit, Wien: facultas:wuv 2009

Reading list

Elisabeth Holzleithner, Gerechtigkeit, Wien: facultas:wuv 2009.

Additional literature will be pointed out and provided via moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:11