Social Justice and Inclusion in Europe

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Please note that the host unit of this course is the Romani Studies Department

Goal of the course

 The course will equip students with the knowledge, skills and values to analyze social inclusion policies in Europe through the lenses of social justice.

 Description of the course

 Tackling social inequalities becomes a pressing issue in Europe and elsewhere. The course will analyze forms of oppression as part of social justice and inclusion in European societies. By exploring the forms of oppression experienced by different groups in society, students will understand the exclusion mechanism and how to tackle social exclusion. Students will have the opportunity to learn concepts and theories connected to social justice and to review social inclusion policies in Europe. Key concepts in social justice will be analyzed during the course. Combining lecture, discussions, students’ presentations, and practical exercises students will become more aware of oppressions, will expand their knowledge on social justice issues, and will internalize equality and social justice as societal values in democratic settings. The class will explore the arguments against identity politics with which very often groups that are disenfranchised are labeled once they mobilize for social change.

Structure of the course

The course will consist of twelve meetings.  Each meeting will consist of a short lecture, discussions and a practical component, in which students will apply theories, concepts and tools to the concrete situations and policies.

Learning Outcomes: 

The aim of this course is to expand student knowledge of social justice issues and social inclusion in Europe.  During the course different relevant concepts and theories will be analyzed and discussed related to social justice and inclusion in order to achieve the following learning outcomes:   


  • Understanding of social justice issues in Europe;
  • Ability to critically analyze social inclusion policies in Europe towards vulnerable groups;
  • Understanding the importance of oppression in analyzing social inequality;  
  • Skills to draft recommendations on the social inclusion of vulnerable groups;
  • Ability to design research plans on issues related to social justice and inclusion.

Students must attend and participate in all the classes. They are required to read in advance the assigned readings. The course includes two individual assignments that should be completed one-day before the class and send by email to the instructor. Additional make up assignments will be allocated in the case of medically certified absence. Each student will have to give a presentation in the class on a topic agreed in advance with the instructor.

Assessment will be based on:

  • participation during the classes 15%
  • individual assignments 10%
  • presentations 25%
  • and a final paper 50%.