Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2099: The Politics of Social Justice

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Lucas (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module will cover radical themes in critical theory and in political action. We will look at topics like Marxism, feminism, critical race theory, queer theory, technology and environmentalism. We will engage with several important authors in the critical tradition, including Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, and Walter Benjamin as well as more contemporary critical theorists like Charles Mills, John Dryzek, bell hooks, and Gayatri Spivak. Our guiding questions will be: What makes an approach to social justice radical? What is ‘progressive’ about progressive politics? What differentiates critical theory from normative political theory? What are the connections between radical political theory and political change?

Module created


Last revised