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GEOG463 Geographies of Justice

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 centred or anthropocentric concept - can justice be concieved of in non-human terms? What is a just response in injustice? In this course we will explore some of these issues, in the context of broader debates in critical geography.

Paper title Geographies of Justice
Paper code GEOG463
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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May not be credited together with GEOG 465 passed in 2016 or 2017.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Christina Ergler

Paper Structure

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

  • Introduction: What is justice?
  • Part 1: Understanding diverse social injustices
  • Part II: Understanding diverse environmental injustices
  • Part III: Entangling social and environmental injustices at the global scale
  • Conclusion: Reflection

Assessment is 100% internally assessed

Teaching Arrangements

1 x 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

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22