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BASS Sociology and Criminology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Philosophies of Resistance: Philosophical Reflection on Movements for Social Justice

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHIL10101
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course will introduce students to a wide range of philosophical traditions which are unified by their critical opposition to dominant power structures. It will include an exploration of traditions such as feminist theory, queer theory, and decolonial theory.


To introduce students to philosophies that have opposed dominant power structures by highlighting central traditions political resistance.

Learning outcomes

Students should display a foundational understanding of the literatures surrounding political resistance as well as an ability to critically engage in central and closely connected debates.

Teaching and learning methods

There will be a mixture of lectures and tutorials.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Students will compelte two writted assignments of 1500 words, both worth 50%

Feedback methods

The School of Social Sciences (SoSS) is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, thereby enabling students to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are reminded that feedback is necessarily responsive: only when a student has done a certain amount of work and approaches us with it at the appropriate fora is it possible for us to feed back on the student’s work. The main forms of feedback on this course are written feedback responses to assessed essays and exam answers.

We also draw your attention to the variety of generic forms of feedback available to you on this as on all SoSS courses. These include: meeting the lecturer/tutor during their office hours; e-mailing questions to the lecturer/tutor; asking questions from the lecturer (before and after lecture); presenting a question on the discussion board on Blackboard; and obtaining feedback from your peers during tutorials.

Recommended reading

Gordon, A. and Davis, A., 2015. Keeping good time: Reflections on knowledge, power and people. Routledge.

Sullivan, N., 2003. A critical introduction to queer theory. NYU Press.

Kennedy, D.K., 2016. Decolonization: A very short introduction (Vol. 472). Oxford University Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Graham Stevens Unit coordinator

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