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Course Details in 2019/20 Session

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Module Title LH Social Justice and Politics
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 29354
Module Lead Richard North
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1 or 2
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-170 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The aim of this module is to examine some of the most important and contested issues that animate contemporary politics. We shall approach the module by examining political problems through the prism of social justice. The aim of the module is to help us better understand the nature of social justice and its relationship with politics. The module will look a number of ethical problems in politics, including controversies relating to individual liberty, multiculturalism, the distribution of wealth and property, democracy and representative government and debates relating to prevailing injustices in modern societies. An examination of these issues through the texts of a number of important thinkers writing over the last thirty years or so will help us to understand and assess many of the complex debates in contemporary politics as well providing insight into how the idea of justice can clarify important policy issues and guide political action.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to: Critically reflect upon and analyse moral and political problems; Have developed an in depth knowledge of theoretical material and critically analyse with confidence; Demonstrate an in depth understanding and critically analyse key bodies of thought, to address challenging questions of method; Apply a deep understanding of the theoretical issues raised by contemporary politics.
Assessment 29354-01 : 1000 Word Review Paper : Coursework (25%)
29354-02 : 3000 Word Essay : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
1 x 1000 word analysis and argumentation paper (25%); 1 x 3000 word essay (75%)

Reassessment: None.
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