Postgraduate Course: Theories and Politics of Social Justice (EDUA11324)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Social justice is a deeply contested concept and this course will explore the competing ways in which it is defined, theorised and operationalised in local, national and international contexts. Students will be encouraged to think critically and expansively about the nature of social justice by considering its foundational claims and the historical and contemporary disputes that have shaped the development of this idea.
What is social justice?
Why does social justice matter?
Understanding distributive justice
Introduction to justice as recognition
Competing approaches to the application of social justice principles in local, national and international contexts
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| none
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Example of indicative tasks:
Task 1: (50%) Via the students¿ private blog, students are required to blog about their reflections on the relationship between set course readings, lectures, group discussions and contemporary examples of social (in)justice a minimum of 3-4 times per week for 12 weeks. Students will then choose 5-7 of their posts to submit for assessment. Student blogging forms the basis of the formative assessment and part of the summative assessment for this course.
Task 2: (50%) Essay (2,000 words) In consultation with the course organiser, students will devise their own essay question related to an aspect of the theory and politics of social justice covered on the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse and critique the core concepts of social justice, e.g. fairness, liberty, equality, recognition, redistribution, solidarity, participation and democracy
- Critically compare and contrast competing conceptualisations and standpoints regarding social justice
- Consider different manifestations of injustice and critically evaluate competing approaches for addressing injustices in local and global contexts
|Davis, A.Y. (1981) Women, Race and Class. London: The Women¿s Press.|
Fanon, F. (2008) Black Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto.
Fraser, N. (2010) Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World. New York: Columbia University Press.
Hall, S., Massey, D. and Rustin, M. (eds) (2013) After Neoliberalism? The
Kilburn Manifesto. London: Lawrence and Wishart Books.
hooks, b. (2006) Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations. London: Routledge.
Rawls, J. (1999) A Theory of Justice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Said, E. (1994) Culture and Imperialism. London: Vintage.
Sandel, M. (2009) Justice: What¿s the Right Thing to Do? New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Sen, A. (2010) The Idea of Justice. London: Penguin.
Soja, E.W. (2010) Seeking Spatial Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Young, I. M. (1990) Justice and Politics of Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical analysis, oral and written communication skills, accessing research materials
|Keywords||social justice, equality, fairness, liberty, citizenship, democracy, participation
|Course organiser||Dr Akwugo Emejulu
Tel: (0131 6)51 4167
|Course secretary||Ms Marie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678
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