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Power, Rights, and Social Change: Achieving Justice

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the conception of justice and its relationship with power, rights and social change. We also address the existence of structural injustice and its impact on people’s dignity and well-being. Then, we analyse the role of activism and social movements in the promotion of social change. Lastly, we address the ways in which social change can be achieved.

Course Content

1. History of the conception of justice

2. Structural injustice

  a) The meaning of structural injustice

  b) Institutional structures

  c) Informal structural influences

  d) Power and social position

  i) Relationship with class

  ii) Relationship with gender

  iii) Relationship with race

  d) Citizenship

3. Dignity and well-being

4. Activism and social movements

5. Achieving social change


Madison Powers_ Ruth Faden - Structural Injustice_ Power, Advantage, and Human Rights - Oxford University Press (2019)

Ryan Goodman, Thomas Pegram - Human Rights, State Compliance, and Social Change_ Assessing National Human Rights Institutions - Cambridge University Press (2011)

Samantha Power, Graham Allison (eds.) - Realizing Human Rights_ Moving from Inspiration to Impact - Palgrave Macmillan US (2000)