An Introduction to John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice

Justitia, the Roman symbol of justice, is traditionally pictured as blindfolded, holding a sword in one hand and a balance scale in the other to represent that idea that justice should be independent of wealth, power, or status. But how can we make sure that justice is just? John Rawls's book, A Theory of Justice, presents two basic principles that he feels would create such a system. Introduce Rawls' theory with a short film that uses an animated tale to explain these principles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a sociology or political science class to launch a discussion of Rawls' theories
  • Show the video in full screen mode to avoid the comment section
Classroom Considerations

  • A complete analysis of Rawls' theory may be found on the publishers web site
Pros

  • The illustrative tale simplifies Rawls's rather complex theory
  • The shortness video leaves lots of class time to discuss Rawls's ideas
Cons

  • None