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Honours Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (B.A.)

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The aims of this program are to foster a sophisticated understanding of the law and legal institutions that make up the social world in which we live and of the political and moral theories that address the value and justice of these institutions. Students will be well-prepared for further studies or careers in law, philosophy, politics, education, human rights or public policy.


Enrolment in this program is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement and a supplemental application. See Note #1 below. It is recommended that students include three units of Level I Philosophy in their Level I program.


  1. Students must complete a supplemental application for admission that is available on the Program website (jppl.humanities.mcmaster.ca, due April 30).
  2. Students are strongly advised to complete PHILOS 2Q03 - Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law  and PHILOS 2S03 - History of Political Philosophy  in the first year they enter the JPPL program.
  3. Students must complete 18 units from the Interdisciplinary Core Course List, at least 3 units in each of the three categories: Policy and Law, Political and Moral Philosophy, and Human Rights and Global Justice.  The remaining nine units may be from any of the three categories.
  4. Upon completion of 60 units of work and with the approval of the Department of Philosophy and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, one or both terms of Level III may be replaced by courses of study at a designated university abroad.

Interdisciplinary Core Course List


Students who entered the Honours Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law (B.A.) program prior to September 2021 should refer to the 2020-21 Undergraduate Calendar and their personal Advisement Report for program requirements.

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I 

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