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Social Justice: Ethnographic Insights (Module)

Module description

Social justice has long been at the heart of 'development' – alongside economic growth, environmental sustainability and accountable governance. Further, these other goals are often regarded as instrumental to justice: growth enables surplus for redistribution; sustainability ensures fairness to future generations; and accountability promotes more equitable shares.

Rather than debate ‘social justice’ in abstract terms, this course engages with embedded, ethnographic perspectives: why does injustice prevail; why do inequalities persist; why are states violent; how do people come to resist and mobilise for change; engage with the state; or turn to violent opposition? In listening to people’s perspectives, understanding their beliefs and desires, the course also introduces the anthropological approach to development at large.

Each of the main lectures introduces one seminal ethnographic monograph, drawn from a single country case. The accompanying weekly seminar sessions aim to provide context and critique through additional literature and comparisons with other parts of the world.

This is a non-regional optional module.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Taught by: Raphael Susewind

Teaching pattern

Taught in: Semester 1

Module assessment - more information

1 x 1,500 Word Essay (50%); and 1 x 2 Hour Exam (50%)

Key information

Module code 5YYD0014

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes