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A criminal trial.
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CHAPTER 7
Why It Matters
Read with students John Rawls’s A
Theory of Justice in From the Source
Readings in Economics and Govern-
ment. Have students identify Rawls’s ideas of justice, why justice is important, and the government’s role in establishing justice. (Possible answer Rawl
believes that justice establishes individ-
uals’ equal rights and duties and is an
essential idea behind today’s societies
and governments.) Then ask students to describe their own ideas about justice, its importance, and the government’s role in establishing it From the Source Readings in Economics and Government Reading
70: A Theory of Justice
Academic Vocabulary
Review with students the high-use academic term in this section.
affect to change or influence (p. 183)
Key Terms
Preteach the following terms
crime any behavior that is illegal because society, through its government, considers the behavior harmful to society (p. 181)
criminal law group of laws that define what acts are crimes (p. 181)
civil law group of laws that refer to disputes between people (p. 181)
common law type of law that comes from judges decisions (p. 182)

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