Lifelong Learning

Star Trek, that fictionalized universe brought to «life» in numerous tv series and several films have, since the original series, received a well-deserved particular attention from legal scholars, legal practitioners, philosophers, and others. In truth it presents a new future world that is strongly impregnated by ethics, justice, cosmopolitanism, due process of law, non-discrimination, among many others. It projects a society of values and not a society where force is dominant. In many legal systems and in many faculties the study of Star trek has recognizable relevance and a useful tool for teaching law, and also philosophy.

Some episodes, such «Measure of a Man», to mention a single example, are absolutely well crafted and indeed teaches the viewer in such complex and relevant issues as what is a person and what is a thing? Is Data, an Android, a person or a thing? 

The course considers law in the context of narrative. Law features prominently in many different types of narratives. We will analyse the construction of law specifically in film and television in the so-called Star Trek universe.

In the classes, episodes or parts of, will be viewed and then discussed.


Instructor:Mr. Paulo Cardinal
Duration:10 Hours (5 Sessions)
Date:15 April to 29 April 2024
Time:Mon, Fri 19:00 – 21:00
Location:University of Saint Joseph – IIha Verde Campus
Delivery of Mode:Face-to-face Lecture
Tuition Fee:MOP1,760
Targeted Participants:Any person with legal or philosophical background that wishes to break frontiers on the ways to look at these relevant topics, and use Star Trek examples to better illustrate and transmit some important principles, any Star Trek fan, any academics and teachers that purport new and modern approaches to teaching, including the use of videos and literature. 
Online Registration Form:Click here


💡Tuition fee special offered available for: 

5% Discount (MOP 1,672)

  • Early-bird application
    ** Applicants who submit a complete course enrollment on or before 15 March 2024 will enjoy the early-bird special offer in this course. Registrants will be notified of enrollment details via E-mail and SMS after we receive the registration. Don’t miss it!

10% Discount (MOP 1,584)

  • USJ working staff and students
  • Members of AAUSJ (Alumni Association of USJ)
  • Next of kin relationship (spouses, children, and parents), for current internal staff, USJ students, and members of AAUSJ
  • Former LLO students

Notes: the D.S.E.D.J. 2023-2026 Continuing Education Development Subsidy Scheme is NOT available for this course.

Remarks: the above Conditions of eligibility are subject to the terms in the “Policy of Lifelong Learning Public Programmes Tuition Fee Discount” (LLO-529). The full version is available on the LLO website (click here), please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions contained in this document carefully since any use of this tuition fee discount for lifelong learning public courses constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set out herein. In the event of any dispute concerning the matters in this document, the Lifelong Learning Office of the University of Saint Joseph reserves all rights to make the final decision.


ROBERT H. CHAIRES/BRADLEY CHILTON, Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice (Law, Crime and Corrections) 2004

GEORGE A. GONZALEZ, The Politics of Star Trek Justice, War, and the Future, Palgrave, 2015

FABRICE DEFFERRARD, Le droit selon Star Trek, 2016

KEVIN S. DECKER and others, The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy: The Search for Socrates, 2016

BRADLEY STEWART CHILTON, Star Trek” And Stare Decisis: Legal Reasoning And Information Technology, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 8

MICHAEL P. SCHATF/LAWRENCE D. ROBERTS, The Interstellar Relations of The Federation: International Law And “Star Trek: The: Next Generation, University of Toledo Law Review, vol. 25

MIKAEL PULLIAINEN, The character of Data and his humanity in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Thesis, 2018

JOSÉ-ANTONIO OROSCO, Star Trek’s Philosophy of Peace and Justice – A Global, Anti-Racist Approach, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022

LEIMAR GARCIA- SIINO, SABRINA MITTERMEIER, STEFAN RABITSCH, The Routledge Handbook of Star Trek, Routledge, 2022

PETER GOODRICH, Advanced Introduction to Law and Literature, Elgar, 2021

DAVID GURNHAM, Memory, Imagination, Justice – Intersections of Law and Literature, Ashgate, 2009

ORIT KAMIR, Judgment by Film: Socio-Legal Functions of Rashomon, 12 Yale J.L. & Human, 2000


A three-step flow of “Registration, Notification, Enrolment” applies.

Applicants should first register (through methods listed in the “Registration” section on our website) during the application period of a Programme. Accepted Registrants will be notified through SMS and they must complete the application process in person during the period mentioned in the SMS, with a valid copy of Macao Resident ID Card.

A certificate of completion will be issued for participants fulfilling an attendance rate of 70%.

Withdrawal applications must follow stated policies.

Remark: Programmes may be cancelled due to insufficient registration.