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Global Justice


Global Justice is deeply concerned with the societal crises of our times. It addresses distinct searches for justice as they relate to persistent power imbalances and social inequalities. From gendered and racialized injustices, to climate change and political resistance, this minor builds on critical, global perspectives and research-driven insights from around the world to connect academia with advocacy and activism.

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

For whom? 

This minor is interesting for students who would like to gain: 

  • A deeper understanding of underlying dynamics that structure distinct searches for justice around the world; 
  • Knowledge of critical theories and key concepts pertaining to the study of power and in/justice; 
  • Knowledge of the central methodological and ethical debates and challenges in the field;  
  • Analytical skills to critically study and interpret historical or present day searches for justice; 
  • Analytical and practical skills to understand and engage with justice-seeking initiatives, including practice-based and action-driven work; 
  • The ability to apply a justice-focused lens in the own major. 

Study schedule

  • Social Justice in Context
    Period 1
  • Crime, Justice and Conflict Otherwise
    Period 2
  • Race, Place and the Politics of Indigeneity
    Period 3
  • Environmental and Climate Justice*
    Period 4
  • Gender and Social Inequality in Latin America*
    Period 4
  • Spatial Justice across Cities*
    Period 5
  • Democracy, Populism and Resistance*
    Period 5
UvA Course Catalogue

Choose two of the courses marked with a *

Full course descriptions wil be published in the UvA Course Catalogue 12 May 2023.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained 60 ECTS, an academic first-year diploma (propedeuse), or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out the Faculty of Humanities’ pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The enrolment for the academic year of 2023-2024 will start 15 May 2023.

Unfortunately, you can no longer register for this minor for the 2023-2024 academic year, as the maximum number has been reached.

Facts & Figures
30 ECTS,
Language of instruction
Starts in
Roeterseiland campus