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    Exploration of social and environmental (in)justice. Analysis of how justice affects people differently in different places, in relation to different issues.

    How do we determine what is just? What is just for some might not be just for others. Justice is fundamentally a human centered or anthropocentric concept - can justice be conceived of in non-human terms? What is a just response to injustice? In this course we will explore some of these issues, in the context of broader debates in critical geography.

    About this paper

    Paper title Geographies of Justice
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    May not be credited together with GEOG465 passed in 2016 or 2017.

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Dr Christina Ergler

    Paper Structure

    This paper is organised into two main parts following a one week introduction. The final week concludes the course:

    • Introduction: What is justice?
    • Part 1: Justice and Quality of Life
    • Part II: Justice and Responsibilities
    • Conclusion: Reflection

    Assessment is 100% internally assessed.

    Teaching Arrangements

    One 3-hour lecture per week.


    No textbook is required.

    Readings for class will be posted on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Communication, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Understand key debates in relation to geographies of justice
    • Apply theoretical concepts of justice to real world injustices and communicate these ideas effectively to different audiences for different purposes
    • Evaluate contemporary issues and identify the complexities of intersecting in/justices for different groups in society
    • Evaluate how groups seek to address injustice and situate these approaches within theoretical understandings of contemporary global and local level politics and policy frameworks


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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