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SOC1000 Introduction to Social Justice

Semester 3, 2021 Online
Short Description: Introduction to Social Justice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090301 - Sociology
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 6 December 2021


Examiner: Victor Igreja

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Social Justice is a fundamental condition for the survival of any family, community, society, and state. Over time, the perpetuation of systems of injustice leads to experiences of despair and the collapse of any social and economic organisation. The course introduces students to a range of contemporary ideas of equal rights, recognition, and care in multicultural societies. It capacitates students with the most recent theories related to the social struggles for rights, and the juggling of new rights regimes for humans, animals, and machines. The course prepares students to critically evaluate the role of the states in maintaining or transforming injustice predicaments.


This course deals with themes of systems of injustice, the social pathological impacts of inequalities, and the responses offered by social justice approaches. Through theoretical perspectives and practical exercises, students will gain a broad scope of knowledge regarding the meaningfulness of equality, the potential and limits of meritocracy, the need for accountability, knowledge for care giving, and the practices of various social movements. Students will acquire new knowledge of the ways states and state officials operate in responding to injustices.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify challenges, and analyze systems of injustice and their pervasive consequences for societies;
  2. Examine and apply theories of social justice in multicultural contexts through a focus on care, responsibility, meritocracy and accountability processes;
  3. Apply theories of social justice to emerging notions of human, animal and machine rights;
  4. Scrutinize social movements and state interventions to determine forms of perpetuation or transformation of systems of injustice;
  5. Research and examine the field of study, and develop decision-making capacities including adaptability and responsibility as a learner.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Systems of Injustice and Pathologies of Inequalities 10.00
2. Social Justice: Histories and Theories 10.00
3. Social Justice: Why it Matters 10.00
4. Equality of Opportunity 10.00
5. Meritocracy: Potentials and Pitfalls 10.00
6. The Cult of Personal Responsibility 10.00
7. Social Justice in Multicultural Societies 10.00
8. Knowing and Not-Knowing - Care for Others 10.00
9. Relationships in transition: Humans, Animals and Machines 10.00
10. The Visible Hands of Societies: Social Movements 10.00

Text and Materials

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Anne Case and Angus Deaton. 2020, Deaths of Despair:, And the Future of Capitalism, Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Several academic sources on social justice will be accessible through the USQ Library system.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 100 40 17 Jan 2022
QUIZZES 100 20 28 Jan 2022
ONLINE EXAMINATION 100 40 End S3 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An open examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 6 December 2021