SSJ10090 Social Justice Perspectives

Academic Year 2020/2021

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary subject of Social Justice and to equip them with the conceptual tools to look critically at the world we live in and the different ways in which knowledge about it is produced. We live in a world divided by various forms of injustice –in which some kinds of people and some ways of looking at the world are privileged while others are marginalised. During this module we will explore what is meant by social justice and social injustice and draw on a range of perspectives to assist us in thinking analytically and critically about various forms of injustice and how these can be understood and addressed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Understand and explain various perspectives on social justice
2. Understand and explain concepts relevant to social justice
3. Apply relevant theoretical perspectives and concepts to reflect critically on social relations and social problems from a social justice perspective
4. Critically reflect on how knowledge about social injustice is produced
5. Understand how different kinds of research evidence can be utilised in understanding, explaining and challenging inequality and injustice
6. Communicate knowledge and understanding effectively

Indicative Module Content:

Conceptualising Social Justice and Social Injustice; Equality and Inequality; Intersecting injustices; Privilege; Ways of Knowing; From Knowledge to Action; Presentations; Learning Reflection

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; activities and discussions; tutorials; group-work; set readings 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No prior learning required

Learning Exclusions:

No exclusions

Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflection on learning - this assignment requires you to critically reflect on your developing knowledge about Social Justice Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Quizzes Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Final MCQ Week 12 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The assessment strategy for this module contains three components: for each of these a different feedback strategy will be used. 1) For the the reflection on learning - written qualitative feedback and provisional grade will be provided to students individually by the instructor via email or VLE. Students will also self-assess this piece of work based on the specified marking criteria prior to submission and to submit their self-assessment with their assignment 2) For online quizzes which are to be carried out throughout the module students will receive online automated feedback 3) For the group presentations carried out at the end of the module each group will receive written feedback (via email or VLE) including the provisional grade and qualitative feedback on the group's performance on the task

Name Role
Dr Krisna Ruette-Orihuela Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Judy Walsh Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Ellen Lambe Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Please note: this module is available to Stage 1 undergraduate students. Therefore, teaching in the Autumn trimester will commence from the week beginning 28 September 2020. 
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 4 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 9, 11 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 2, 4 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 9, 11 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 2, 4 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 9, 11 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 2, 4 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 9, 11 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 2, 4 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 9, 11 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 2, 4 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 9, 11 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Mon 16:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 2 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Mon 17:00 - 17:50