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Philosophy Courses


Non HKU students application deadline:

Non-local students (student visa needed): 

  • Courses starting on June 24 (Session A): April 10, 2019
  • Courses starting on July 2 (Session B): April 16, 2019
  • Courses starting on July 15 (Session C): April 24, 2019
  • Courses starting on July 29 (Session D): May 1, 2019

Local students (not needing student visa) 31 May 2019 

*For HKU students, please follow the summer semester add/drop period. 

Credit bearing courses with the ARTS prefix are for exchange and visiting students only, while History courses, Philosophy courses, Music courses, Fine arts courses, Linguistics courses and courses with the GCIN prefix are for all undergraduate students, including eligible HKU students. Fee exemption/reduction applies for HKU students and students under formal HKU exchange agreements. 

Please, note that no add/drop will be permitted after the commencement of the summer courses.


PHIL2355 Theories of Justice (6 credits)

Social justice, or distributive justice, has become a prominent topic in contemporary political philosophy. This course will begin with an elaboration of the nature of the problem that a theory of social justice takes upon itself to address. It will then proceed to elaborating, comparing and assessing various competing approaches towards justice within the tradition of liberalism, including Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness, Nozick’s libertarian theory, and Locke’s labor theory of private property. It will also examine some contentious issues that have preoccupied justice theorists, including the relationship between justice and nature, the site and scope of distributive justice, and the legitimacy of ascribing to the right to subsistence the status of human right.

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students from HKU and overseas universities 

Period of Teaching: July 15  July 26, 2019 (two weeks); Mon to Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Programme Fee: HKD14,000

Course Description: please click here