GI7040 - Citizenship and Social Justice (2023/24)
|Module approved to run in 2023/24
|Citizenship and Social Justice
|Credit rating for module
|School of Social Sciences and Professions
|Total study hours
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
The original, republican ideal of citizenship that of being an active part of a city and its civil society, of a polis and its political community, not simply the possessor of a passport. This module explores the changing meaning and continuing potential of citizenship, including the modern separation of the politics of the sovereign, bureaucratic state from the market society of its economically active subjects, and the failure of twentieth-century attempts to use states’ representative democracy to democratize society and justify corporate and institutionalized power in terms of citizens’ participation. This failure has much to do with the massive scale of modern political and economic organization, and the module will explore recent arguments about both the politics of locality and community and the relation of citizenship and rights to duties, virtues, and justice.
The module aims:
1. To provide a historical and critical introduction to ideas, theories and arguments about citizenship and social justice.
2. To explore ethical ideas and to articulate such ideas in the construction of a logical argument.
3. To relate philosophical propositions to political, social and economic issues and to institutional, legal and policy prescriptions.
Prior learning requirements
No pre- or co- requisites for the module.
Not available for Study Abroad.
The syllabus progresses from the ideal of a political community of active participants, enjoying an equal status involving both rights and duties, to its contrast with modern, less substantive but more socially inclusive ideas of justice, including that of unconditional human rights transcending state boundaries. (LO 1-4)
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Scheduled lectures and seminars, supported by students’ independent reading of recommended texts. Students are required to make a seminar presentation and to participate in critical discussion of lectures and presentations
By the end of this module students will be able to:
1. understand the sources and development of contemporary ideas and practices of citizenship;
2. analyze, articulate, criticize and defend ethical ideas, and apply such ideas in the evaluation of political ideologies and institutions and of social and economic policies;
3. critically evaluate the idea that justice is the first virtue of social institutions;
4. present and defend a logical argument supported by relevant evidence.
Seminar presentation answering a set question in the appropriate week, delivered after a lecture more broadly addressing the week’s subject. Although you retain the full choice of set questions for your essay, you are advised to use your presentation formatively in preparation for your essay. In designing, defending and revising your presentation’s argument, However, both presentation and essay are assessed on the cogency of their argued answer to the set question, and on their properly cited use of textual evidence in support of that argument.