From Cradle to Grave: Social Justice in Childhood, Adulthood, and Death

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
22 May 2020


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Module description

The study of politics includes not only the study of how the political world operates, but also the study of how it should operate. GV538 examines a set of issues that continue to receive considerable attention within contemporary normative political theory. More specifically, this module will introduce you to cutting edge research concerning theories of justice.

Rather than consider these issues in the abstract, we will examine various theories of justice through their application to concrete social and political controversies that are central to contemporary politics. Very roughly, this module is split into three parts and, together, these display a cradle-to-grave structure. We shall begin with (i) issues regarding parenting, education, and upbringing; then we shall consider (ii) issues concerning individuals’ working lives; and we shall conclude by examining (iii) issues relating to later life and death.

Module aims

To enable you to understand the ethical and political implications of academic research and study.
To enable you to place the theoretical study of justice in the wider context of Political Science as an academic discipline.
To enable you to understand, critically to analyse, and to evaluate contemporary theories of justice.
To locate the concept of justice in contemporary political theory.

Module learning outcomes

To understand some key policy controversies in the study of social justice.
To understand the different contemporary approaches taken to the study of social justice.
To understand the place of the concept of social justice in contemporary political theory.
To be able to analyse rigorously the arguments provided for and against key policies that constitute social justice.
To write a clear analysis of a contemporary policy controversy.

Module information

The module also enables students to acquire the following generic and transferable skills:
1. Library and Internet research
2. Data collection, presentation, and analysis
3. Exposition and argumentation in a structured fashion
4. Presenting verbal arguments to classroom peers
5. Production of short well-researched reports
6. Working to deadlines
7. Conducting oneself in a scholarly and professional manner

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with a two-hour weekly seminar that will be live streamed to students off-campus.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay 1    35% 
Coursework   Essay 2    65% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mollie Gerver, email: m.gerver@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Mollie Gerver
Module Supervisor: Dr Mollie Gerver Module Administrator: Sallyann West, govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Arzu Kibris
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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