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IR4589   Intersectionality and Social Justice

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Tuesday 3pm - 4pm

We live in an increasingly complex world. Dormant inter-state wars are flaring up, intrastate insurgencies, violent politics, and terrorism are taking internationalized forms and global characters. The impact of climate change is expanding and irreversible. The compounded impact of political violence, instability, and climate change has resulted in loss of thousands of lives, destruction of physical and social infrastructures, disintegration of communities, desertification, displacement, and forced mass-migration. While the suffering, loss, and trauma is shared, unfortunately, some group of people feel the impact more than others. How do we understand their experiences of suffering, loss, and trauma and design public policy that takes into account the experiences people at the intersection of multiple disadvantages, sufferings, and oppressions? How do we strive for society that is sensible to the needs and priorities of people at the intersection of multiple disadvantages, and sufferings?

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1h lecture (x11) & 1h tutorial (x10) per week

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 275

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework - 100%

Re-assessment: Written examination - 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K Giri
Module teaching staff: Dr Keshab Giri

Intended learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of intersectionality and how it helps us understand the operation and maintenance of different systems of powers;
  • Recognise how gender intersects, often detrimentally, with other identifiers, including race, religion, and geopolitical location/origin;
  • Articulate the complex and interlocked nature of global problems;
  • Evaluate how intersectionality offers analytical tools and critical praxis to identify, analyse, and respond to interlinked problems, vulnerabilities, as well as power and privileges;
  • Apply intersectionality in public policy to understand, analyse, and respond to the burning issues of armed conflict, climate change, and refugee crisis in context-specific ways