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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5864M Climate Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Harriet Thew

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Physical Climate Change, Impacts and Mitigation

Social and Political Dimensions of the Climate Challenge

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the complex repercussions of climate change for social and natural systems, addressing multi-dimensional questions of justice and fairness in society. It explores questions of power and movement building, such as: - How could climate change create, exacerbate, or remediate historic and present inequalities? - How have diverse groups pursued climate justice and what can we learn from their lived experiences? - How can we develop climate solutions with justice and solidarity at their core?


The module will cover a series of case studies to understand and explore the interactions between changes in natural systems (e.g., melting permafrost, sea-ice loss, sea-level rise, weather extremes) and a diverse range of community responses.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module, students will be able to…

1. Describe how climate change relates to existing justice issues around the world.

2. Apply different frameworks for climate justice.

3. Explain the history of climate justice movements and identify different routes to achieving justice.

4. Describe how scientific methods for quantifying climate change could exacerbate or ameliorate justice issues.

5. Analyse justice as a factor impacting decisions relating to tackling climate change, drawing upon a wide range of evidence and data.

6. Devise evidence-based and solidarity-focused arguments to advance climate justice.



Introduction to climate justice

Biases/gaps in and access to data records and model output

Facets of justice: recognition, procedure, distribution

Future emissions scenarios

Attribution science

Equity in the intergovernmental regime (UNFCCC, IPCC)

Arctic climate change (permafrost, sea ice, wildfires, Arctic amplification)

Marginalised perspectives and indigenous knowledge in the Global North

Post-coloniality, Intersectionality, marginalised perspectives and indigenous knowledge in the Global South

Compound events and weather extremes

Urban climate change: air quality, urban heat island

Gender, age, sexuality, inclusion and feminist research

Just Transitions, socio technical systems and spatial justice

Climate finance, justice and discounting

Youth climate activism

Local ecology, climate action and cities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours235.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided directly to students during seminars, class-based delivery of their group presentations and optional drop-in sessions on assessments 1 & 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationPresentation (Can be delivered in person or pre-recorded). Each student to present for 5 mins, approx. 20-25 mins per group, followed by 5 minutes of questions per group on the history of social movements, legal claims and negotiations on how different actors have pursued different routes to justice.35.00
ReportReport (individual) outlining an evidence-based Climate Justice Strategy and clear recommendations to address a climate justice issue of the learner’s choice. 2500 words65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The re-sit/alternative format for assignment 1 is a personal statement (max. 1,500 words), including reflection on the individual’s participation in the teamwork, reflection on their positionality, and a report of the concrete contributions that they could/should have made to the broader piece.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/05/2023 16:29:09


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