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SP50328: Social and environmental justice

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Synopsis (CW 25%)
  • Essay (CW 75%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aim: To reflect on international development in the context of theories of social and environmental justice, and concerns about the 'just society' and 'just relations' with the environment.
To enable students to explore and reflect on mainstream, critical and alternative perspectives, theories and approaches to social and environmental justice.
To understand the economic, social and political processes which affect social and environmental justice.
To ground theoretical understandings of social and environmental justice in contemporary examples through the use of case studies.
To promote participation and the involvement of students in a deeper awareness of their own approaches and values to the issues addressed during the course.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, students should be able:
To identify and systematise the main socioeconomic aspects and contexts related to social and environmental justice.
To identify and critically assess mainstream, critical and alternative perspectives and theories to social and environmental justice.
To identify actors, arenas and conflicts in the process of mobilising for and pursuing social and environmental justice.
To critically reflect on the significance and implications of their own values and perspectives to social and environmental justice.

Skills:
Intellectual skills
To develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problem and/or new insights.
To achieve originality in the application of knowledge together with a practical understanding of the matter.
To substantiate theoretically or conceptually an empirical analysis.
To critically evaluate and assess current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline.
To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
Transferable/Key skills
Research and writing skills.
Presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions).
To take initiative and personal responsibility as well as independent learning.

Content:
This unit will explore key contemporary research, theories and empirical examples of the social and economic dynamics and practices surrounding social and environmental justice.
The unit will cover mainstream and alternative theories and approaches to social and environmental justice such as liberal theories of justice (Rawls), social choice based approached to justice (Sen), new Marxist approaches to social justice; Decolonial/post-colonial theory; the coloniality of power and cognitive justice; social reproduction approach and feminist critiques.
These theories will be empirically substantiated by case studies which relate to social and environmental justice such as food security and food sovereignty; social, solidarity and alternative economies; ethical production and consumption; land use; mining and indigenous peoples; labour conditions and dignity of work; climate change, carbon trading and green transitions; corporate social responsibility, among others.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50328 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THSP-AFM22 : MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability
  • THSP-AWM22 : MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability
  • THSP-APM22 : MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability

SP50328 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

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