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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5626M Global Justice

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Professor Garrett Wallace Brown

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not 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.


This module aims to: (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; and (4) Develop skills of critical review of texts in political theory.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical ideas and problems of global justice.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical debates about global justice.
3. Critically contribute to the development of debates around contemporary issues of global justice.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Identify and make links between political theory and wider issues of socio-political life and its problems.
2. Communicate ideas accurately, effectively, and persuasively.
3. Plan and develop independent pieces of written research, including blog posts, literature reviews, issues reports and essays.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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. And (3) Opportunities for individual discussions outside seminar times.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 22/02/2024


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