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Justice, equality and the 2030 agenda


This course is part of the Agenda 2030 Graduate School and aims at providing a critical introduction to the 2030 Agenda from the perspectives of justice and equality.

About the course

Important dates and deadlines

Course period: 1 November - 3 December 2024

Application deadline 1 October 2024

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Course content

The course emphasizes the challenges involved in implementing the 2030 Agenda in both the Global North and the Global South, analysing processes of stratification, social exclusion, discrimination and unequal opportunities. The course takes a multi-scalar approach, linking global processes, politics, institutions and structures to their local practices, outcomes and experiences. The course invites doctoral students to connect their own research to the themes of the course, regardless of their disciplinary background.

Course design

The course is divided into three modules:

1. Environmental and climate justice

Environmental and climate justice examines the double injustice of climate change as well as the distributional consequences of climate policies, examining the dominant green growth approach underpinning Agenda 2030 as well as alternative approaches such as postgrowth/degrowth perspectives.


2. Just institutions and peacebuilding

Just institution and peacebuilding explore theoretical and empirical social science debates related to the study of institutions and peacebuilding. Questions and claims of injustices, legitimacy and power provide analytical tools for examining the role of institutions and building peace in the 2030 Agenda. They also engage in broader debates and dilemmas on what just institutions and just peace can and should strive for.


3. Social justice and gender

Social justice and gender explores how processes of social and economic stratification, social exclusion and unequal distribution of resources unfold under globalisation. Epistemologies and ontologies which tend to render men socio-economically and politically superior to women and various other groups are critically examined to unravel how social inequality and injustice are structurally produced and locally manifested, but also how such manifestations are dealt with and countered by particular groups.

Entry requirements and selection

Applicants must be admitted to a doctoral programme. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places in the course, students affiliated to Agenda 2030 Research Graduate School, Lund University, will be given priority.

Please read more about the the Agenda 2030 Graduate School here

Course information

Course coordinator
Lisa Eklund
lisa [dot] eklund [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Course administrator
Marjaana Kinnunen
marjaana [dot] kinnunen [at] khm [dot] lu [dot] se

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Course syllabus (PDF 100 kB)
Reading list (PDF 56 kB)

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