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SCY2811 - Social Justice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Darryn Snell


Not offered in 2007


This unit introduces to students a sociological understanding of social justice related issues including gender equity, minority rights, democratic government, economic opportunity, environmental protection and human rights. It provides students a comparative view of social justice over a number of political and legal states and chronological periods. A variety of legal issues including those of consitutionalism, social control, and equity are examined to illustrate the disparate definitions of social justice.


  1. Identify issues of power and privilege;
  2. Exhibit an awareness and understanding of self in relation to diverse and vulnerable populations;
  3. Understand the various definitions and theoretical debates surrounding social justice;
  4. Learn about national and international social justice movements;
  5. Develop a sociological position regarding the analysis of contemporary social justice related issues.


Two assignments (1350 words each): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


SCY1801 and SCY1802 or equivalent