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The laws, procedures, and institutions that uphold justice help to bring order to society and ensure that individuals’ rights are upheld. Learn about justice with online courses delivered through edX.

What is justice?

Justice is associated with fairness and order. Justice systems guide governments and their citizens through specified rules and rights that vary by country, state, and even city. Not every justice system is the same. Different types of legal systems include common law, civil law, religious law, and customary law.

Pursuing a career in justice offers the opportunity to research, develop, and work on solutions to injustices that exist in the world today. Professionals in the field must be able to recognize the nuances of justice in various contexts, which requires a deep understanding of legal history, theory, and regulations. In addition to working as a legal practitioner, social workers, journalists, politicians, government workers, psychologists, and other professionals can also make important contributions within the field.

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Why is justice important?

Knowing and interpreting justice across various contexts, such as social issues, legal issues, and economic issues, is vital to supporting individuals in communities of all sizes. With knowledge of justice, people can make informed decisions that lead to greater fairness and equity for all. Additionally, by better understanding the political and economic realities of different countries, and how they affect their implementation of justice, you can work toward creating a more just and equitable world.

Justice courses and curriculum

Whether you are simply interested in the topic or you plan to begin a career in the field, you can study justice with online courses offered through edX. 

Online courses can introduce important concepts of justice, covering topics such as human rights and international law. Specific classes may offer an overview of behavioral science as an introduction to the ways that countries can improve the outcomes of their justice system, or examine the history of justice across countries and time periods. You can learn the fundamental principles driving the care for vulnerable members of society through the lens of the justice system.

Careers in justice

The field of justice is broad and includes roles in implementation, advocacy, and research. Learning about how justice systems work can lead to a stronger understanding of political and economic challenges that many countries face. Broaden your justice knowledge and work toward your next career with online courses delivered through edX.