GCU delivers studies in Economic Equality and Social Justice to US group

16 February 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has partnered with the College of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to deliver a programme of studies in Economic Equality and Social Justice to students from the US.

The partnership comes as GCU celebrates the United Nations' (UN) World Day of Social Justice (February 20), which encourages people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. It also focuses on the goal of achieving full employment and support for social integration.

The Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate programme delivered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which encourages students to engage in a critical examination of society and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing, and thinking.

Students on the programme have been invited to GCU to complete a three-week summer course of study in Economic Equality and Social Justice issues, which will include lectures, seminars and field trips to Edinburgh, Stirling Castle, the Burrell Collection and Falkirk. It will also include an overnight visit to the World Heritage site of New Lanark – the utopian socialist centre created by Robert Owen.

Led by GCU’s Professor Sara Cantillon and Professor Sigrid Schmalzer of UMass Amherst, subjects covered will include egalitarian theory and practice, solidarity and social movements, population and migration, feminist economics and international approaches to equality.