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Global Distributive Justice and Political Economy


Admission requirements

Admission to one of the following programmes is required:

  • MA Philosophy 60 EC: PPE, or Ethics and Politics

  • MA Philosophy 120 EC: Philosophy of Law, or Philosophy of Political Science


Provisional description

In this seminar we will look at contemporary discussions of distributive economic justice. The emphasis will be on contemporary theories of distributive justice. In addition we will look at what these proposals imply for domestic economic institutions, such as labor markets, welfare policies and taxation, as well as for international institutions, such as immigration policies, international financial arrangements, poverty and development.

Course objectives

Provisional course objectives

This course aims to:

  • acquaint students with contemporary theories of disctributive justice, in particular those of John Rawls, Amartya Sen, G.A. Cohen, and others;

  • familiarize students with applications of these theories to real-world problems such as welfare policies, taxation schemes, global poverty alleviation.

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of :

  • the theories of distributive justice of Rawls, Sen, Cohen, Dworkin, Nozick and others;

  • theories justice in taxation;

  • theories of justice and welfare policy;

  • theory of global distributive justice.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • recognize arguments of distributive justice and apply these in real world contexts;

  • be able to read and understand contemporary research in distributive justice;

  • formulate and present an argument of distributive justice in writing and in a presentation;

  • understand the connections between abstract theories of distributive justice and real-life situations;

  • independently survey and research a project in distributive justice.


The timetable is available on the MA Philosophy website
MA Philosophy 60 EC or MA Philosophy 120 EC

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Class attendance is required.

Course Load

Total course load (10 EC x 28 hrs): 280 hours

  • Attending seminar sessions (14 × 2 hrs): 28 hours

Further calculation of course load to be announced.

Assessment method

To be announced.


Blackboard will be used for:

To be announced.

Reading list

To be announced.


Enrolment for courses and exams through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetables for and exams in the column under the heading “uSis-Actnbr”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


To be announced.


Not applicable.