29 July 2016
Social Justice and Political Thought / STPEC
This course will cover issues such as structural inequality in the economy, work and work relations, the relationship of Western to non-Western cultures, the interrelationship of racism, sexism, and class oppression and theories of social change. Specific topic areas include Egalitarian Theory, Human Rights and Development, and Comparative Welfare States. The student-centred, participatory learning environment will equip you with critical thinking, analytical and other skills which students can transfer into any field of endeavour.
Key activities: Visits to the Scottish Parliament, to New Lanark, founded by Robert Owen and a prime example of Utopian Socialism, and to various Trade Unions and community and collective organisations.
Assessment: There will be required pre-course reading and a post-course written assessment. Students will be encouraged to engage in a critical examination of society, and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis will be placed on participation in class discussions, which will make up part of assessment.
As with all GCU International Summer School courses, participants will experience a comprehensive social programme consisting of various events and excursions, showcasing the best of Glasgow and Scotland as both study and tourist destinations.
Sara Cantillon: Professor of Gender and Economics
Applicants should have some prior learning in political science, economics or sociology.
10 ECTS credits - equivalent to 6 US credit hours.
Transfer of credit to students' home institutions should be negotiated in advance. GCU staff will be happy to liaise with applicants' home institutions as far as possible to assist with this.
GBP 2450: The course fee includes tuition, private bedroom accommodation, airport pick-up and drop-off (Glasgow International Airport only), welcome pack and t-shirt, as well as all events and excursions included in the social programme.
Meal vouchers are available for purchase on request.