Global Justice – Social Theory and Practice

Bachelor in Religion and Social Science (180 credits/ ECTS)
Bachelor i religion og samfunn (180 stp/ECTS)
Årsstudium i samfunnsfag (60 stp/ECTS)


  • Sted: HLT - Oslo
  • Språk: Engelsk
  • Emneansvarlig: Karl Ingen Tangen
  • Søknadsfrist: 1. august
  • Oppstart: Semesterstart er mandag 14. august. Konkret oppstartsdato kommer i løpet av mai.
  • Etter 1. august er det løpende opptak fram mot studiestart.


Write an essay (2500 words). Counts as 100% of the final grade. Graded A-F.


Modes of instruction: The course consists of 36 teaching hours.

In case of digital learning environment some of the lectures may be substituted by other learning activities.


Submit a 1500-word book, media, or observation report together with an oral presentation.

Course Description

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The course SAM1040E provides an introduction to different approaches to the issue of global justice. Through lectures, films, discussions and case assignments, the student will gain insight into various philosophical and theological approaches to how to understand justice. It will also provide an introduction to the UN’s human rights resolution and to various justifications and problems related to the specific application of such rights. Key social issues such as Western models of power, economic inequality, human trafficking, children’s rights, oppression of minorities, environmental issues, and war and conflict will be analyzed and discussed. The course will help the student to see the complexity of social problems at the same time as they will have the opportunity to reflect on different strategies for community involvement.


Learning Outcomes


The study shall provide:

  • knowledge of how socio-economic and socio-geographical differences create different living conditions in different parts of the world
  • good knowledge of various ethical and political science theories of justice and the just society, including liberal, feminist, utilitarian, deontological, and communitarian perspectives
  • knowledge of key political and development aid issues raised in the debate on global justice, including Western cultural power, economic inequality and exploitation, immigration, human trafficking and environmental issues
  • knowledge of human rights as formulated in the UN Charter of Human Rights and of problems related to the application of these rights
  • knowledge of theological and religious approaches to justice and human rights
  • knowledge of different strategies for community involvement and social activism



The study must strengthen the student’s:

  • ability to reflect critically and constructively in relation to models of a just society
  • ability to reflect on one’s own use of professional knowledge when approaching a complex social phenomenon
  • ability to reflect one’s own life and strategies for one’s own community involvement


General Competence

The study must strengthen the student’s:

  • ability to approach social problems with a combination of courage, empathy, and humility
  • ability to approach diversity of perspective through fruitful dialogue
  • ability to make strategic and professionally sound choices in one’s own professional and everyday life


Modes of Instruction

The program consists of a combination of interactive teaching, reading of required reading, practical observation, and writing assignments. The course consists of 32 teaching hours. This includes lectures, work with cases, group discussions, and presentation of students’ work. Some of the lessons may be replaced by participation in research at HLT or observation of practice in a relevant social context.


Required Reading

Knox, Paul L. and Sallie A. Marston (2016) Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. 7th ed. Global Edition. Pearson Education. ch 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 (29-178, 285-324) (180 p.)
Mapp, S.C. (2014). Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective: An Introduction to International Social Work (New York: Oxford University Press). 3-164 (161 pp.)
McCracken, Vic (2014). Christian Faith and Social Justice: Five Views (New York: Bloomsbury Academic). S.17 -174 (157 pp.)
Sandel, M.J. (2010). Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux). (266 pp.)
Marks, Stephen (2014) “Human rights: a brief introduction,” Working Paper, Harvard School of Public Health. (23 pp.)
Tangen, Karl Inge (2014). Transforming Development: A Critical and Constructive Response, I K.E. Larsen & Knud Jørgensen. Power & Partnership Oxford: Regnum s.50-60 (10 pp.)
De Witte Jr, J. (2011). Religion and Human Rights: An Introduction (Oxford University Press). S. 3-70 (67 pp.)

Recommended Reading

Bales, K. (2016). Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World Spiegel & Grau.
Campolo, A., and Fraser, D.A. (1992). Sociology Through the Eyes of Faith. San Francisco: HarperOne.
Clapman, Andrew (2007). Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Donnelly, Jack (2013) Universal Human Rights: Theory and Practice. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press.
Gbowee, Leymah; Mithers, Carol (2011). Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War. Beast Books.
Lindholm, Tore (2016). «Freedom of Religion or Belief as a Human Right.» In Kjartan Koch Mikalsen; Erling Skjei & Audun Øfsti (ed.), Modernity – Unity in Diversity? Essays in Honour of Helge Høibraaten. Novus Forlag. s 237 – 257 (20 pp.)
Sandel, M. (2007). Justice: A Reader. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press.
Sen, A. (2011). The Idea of Justice. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press.
Tan, K.-C. (2017). What is this thing called Global Justice? London: Routledge. P. 7-34, 60-133 (100 pp.)
Yong, A. (2010). In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.
Yunus, M., and Jolis, A. (2008). Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. New York: PublicAffairs.
Winkel, Klaus (2008). Hvorfor er det så mange fattige i Afrika. Portal forlag.


Normalt studieløp med 30 studiepoeng pr semester hvor du følger all undervisning som normalt.


Et studieløp med færre fag pr semester enn fulltid. Du kan justere opp eller ned antall fag fra semester til semester i studieløpet.

Fulltid / deltid med redusert undervisning

Et alternativ der du bare deltar i om lag halvparten av undervisningstimene, hvor det gis en oversikt over det mest sentrale i pensum. Til gjengjeld leveres en ekstra oppgave i faget som vurderes til «Bestått»/«Ikke bestått». Du kan velge redusert undervisning både som fulltidsstudent og på deltid.