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MSc Social Justice Development & Health


What is this MSc about?

Social development, health and well-being goals are firmly based on the achievement of social justice, which principles have been re-affirmed at the UN General Assembly in December 2014, in six essential elements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • dignity (to end poverty and fight inequality),
  • people (to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children),
  • prosperity (to grow a strong, inclusive and transformative economy),
  • planet (to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children),
  • justice (to promote safe and peaceful societies and strong institutions); and
  • partnership (to catalyse global solidarity for sustainable development) (UN 2014).

The SDGs will provide the global ‘road map’ for development until 2030. Therefore a strong grounding in social justice and social development theory, policies and practice will be essential.

Social justice is informed by philosophies of equality and distributive justice, human rights and equity of John Rawls, Nancy Fraser, Amartya Sen, and others.

Social development addresses the social determinants of health and encompasses issues such as poverty reduction, gender, vulnerability, livelihoods, and processes of empowerment and governance, as well as how to organise social services effectively and fairly and work towards social cohesion and integration.

Experienced lecturers and guest speakers will share their real world knowledge of social justice and development drawing on development studies, sociology, anthropology, agriculture, psychology, political science, health care and nutrition, education and ecology.

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