BASS Politics and Criminology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Understanding Social Injustice

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCS10200
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


The aims of this unit are to: 

- Introduce students to the concept of ‘social injustice’ and its harms 

- Develop critical views of social injustice 

- Relate social injustice to a variety of settings within the Global North and Global South 

Teaching and learning methods

This course unit is designed to run during Semesters 1 and 2. Students will attend a workshop on alternate weeks that will last for 3 hours. 

Teaching delivery will mostly take the form of active on-campus learning in the form of interactive, student-led workshops. This on-campus learning will be complemented by a variety of e-learning tasks that will be embedded into teaching practice – thereby providing a blended learning environment. For example, prior to an on-campus workshop, students will be given a task to complete online as part of their preparation to bring to the workshop and discuss further. This may take the form of watching a video clip or reading a news article and then posting their reactions or answers to a question on a discussion board. The points on the discussion board can then be drawn out in the workshop, thereby ‘warming up’ students to the topic and making them better prepared for discussion. Therefore, students will experience a range of learning styles to inform their overall experience. 

The 30 contact hours are broken down as follows: 10x workshops spread over 2 semesters, each lasting 3 hours. 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Examine core issues and summarise different perspectives related to social injustice and harm 

Intellectual skills

  • Articulate a range of perspectives on social injustice 

Practical skills

  • Interpret theoretical perspectives and how these apply to practical settings 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Display academic written skills on challenges linked to social injustice 

Assessment methods

Annotated bibliography (1000 words, end of semester 1, formative)

Essay (2000 words, end of semester 2, 100%)

Feedback methods

Feedback to students is provided in the following ways: 

- Informal and verbal feedback during workshops on student contributions – this can also be discussed with staff beyond workshops 

- Written feedback on formative work within 10 working days of submission 

- Students can discuss and/or submit a detailed one-page plan for their summative work (essay), staff will provide written feedback within 10 working days 

- Written feedback for summative assessments to be provided within standard SoSS timeframes 

Recommended reading

Barry, B. (2005) Why Social Justice Matters. Cambridge: Polity. 

Davies, P., Leighton, P.S., and Wyatt, T. (eds.) (2021) The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Dorling, D. (2015) Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists. Bristol: Policy Press. 

Morvaridi, B. (2008) Social Justice and Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Felipe Neis Araujo Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Contact hours 30 (10x workshops spread over 2 semesters, each lasting 3 hours)

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