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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 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.

Paper title Geographies of Justice
Paper code GEOG463
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system