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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5626M Global Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Professor Garrett Wallace Brown

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

MA Democratic Theory and Political Transformation

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module offers a critical introduction to contemporary debates in global justice. We will consider what obligations individuals, companies and states may have to persons beyond the borders of their own states, and why they may be said to have these obligations. We will examine some of the most important philosophical positions taken by leading scholars engaged in these debates, including cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, nationalism, liberalism, feminism, and realism. In the context of evaluating the normative claims embedded in these positions we will also discuss some key issues in global justice, such as poverty, migration, and climate change. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own choosing in considerable depth.


1) Develop understanding of key concepts and debates in the political theory of global justice.
2) Apply theoretical material in the analysis of contemporary issues of global justice.
3) Develop skills of conceptual analysis, critical thought and creative reflection.
4) Develop skills of critical review of texts in political theory.

Learning outcomes
1) Knowledge of theoretical ideas and problems of global justice.
2) Knowledge of theoretical debates about global justice.
3) Knowledge of the applications of this theoretical material to contemporary issues of global justice.

Skills outcomes
1. Ability to appraise and criticise dominant debates about global justice
2. Critical review of contemporary and historical theoretical texts
3. Use of reading lists, the library and the internet, to locate relevant material, including finding additional material beyond that specified in the module outline
4. Contribute to group discussions in seminars
5. Plan, write, and reference essays and bibliographies


This is a specialised theory module. It will centrally focus on the topic of global justice and is therefore likely to be of interest to students across all POLIS MA programmes.

More specifically, the module will address a range of topics such as: The idea of justice, justice and obligations beyond borders, theories of global justice (including cosmopolitanism, communitarianism, nationalism, liberalism, feminism, and realism), the ethics of global poverty, migration and climate change.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students are required to read the core items listed in the module reading list in preparation for seminar discussions and essays. This requires careful and reflective reading, note taking, summarising, and preparation for class discussion. Also, students are encouraged to use their initiative and skills of discernment in finding additional relevant material.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student's progress will be monitored on a weekly basis by means of:

1 Student contributions to class discussion, which will be monitored throughout the course, though not assessed
2 Assessment performance will be monitored through the submission of a non-assessed essay which will be read by the tutor prior to the submission of their final term paper. Meetings will then be offered to students to discuss their work prior to final submission. This will serve as a means of monitoring progress and of providing feedback and advice for students in preparation for submitting assessed work.
3 Opportunities for individual discussions outside seminar times.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 End of Term essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:29:46


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