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Global Distributive Justice POLITIC4154

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers an overview of contemporary normative theories concerned with allocating benefits and burdens globally. It aims to provide participants with the skills to describe and analyse theories of global distributive justice, and use them when appraising international issues.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





Two essays, One between 1,750 and 2,000 words (40%), and a further essay, 2,500-3,000 (60%)

Given the interconnectedness of the concepts and arguments raised in the course the production of an essay that (at the least) minimally fulfils the intended learning outcomes will require full participation in the course.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable


Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ offer an overview of contemporary normative theories concerned with allocating benefits and burdens globally.

■ provide analysis of these theories of global distributive justice.

■ show how the theories can be used when appraising international issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Explain the main features of the most prominent theories of global distributive justice

- Evaluate theories of global distributive justice on the grounds of their internal consistency, and consistency with empirical facts and considered moral judgments

- Apply theories of global distributive justice to assess real world problems of international allocation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.