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Postgraduate Course: Theories and Politics of Social Justice (EDUA11324)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySocial 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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.
Feedback none
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique the core concepts of social justice, e.g. fairness, liberty, equality, recognition, redistribution, solidarity, participation and democracy
  2. Critically compare and contrast competing conceptualisations and standpoints regarding social justice
  3. Consider different manifestations of injustice and critically evaluate competing approaches for addressing injustices in local and global contexts
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis, oral and written communication skills, accessing research materials
Special Arrangements none
Additional Class Delivery Information none
Keywordssocial justice,equality,fairness,liberty,citizenship,democracy,participation
Course organiserDr Claire Bynner
Course secretaryMs Annemarijn Huizinga
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