Social Justice Challenge

Social Justice is the Ethical Grand Challenge for 2nd Year students. You will only be able to access the challenge during your second year. Completion of the Social Justice Challenge is also one of the requirements for the Stellify Award.

Join the debate around Social Justice. How should we promote a just society? How do we challenge injustice, value diversity, define human rights, and allocate resources? While at Manchester, you can explore what it might mean to build fairer communities in the city, the UK and across the globe. The Social Justice Challenge introduces you to ways of thinking about social justice, and invites you to explore 6 themes: Migration, Homelessness, Higher Education, Mental Health, Trade and Energy from a social justice perspective. Read about the featured activities below.

Find out why you should take the Social Justice Challenge during your second year at The University of Manchester.

Completing the Social Justice Challenge

The Social Justice Challenge is delivered online, via Blackboard. To complete the challenge you need to work through the introduction and two of the six themes, but you can do them all, if you want. The Social Justice Challenge should take less than an hour to complete. Each theme is explored using a mix of film and short interactive activities, giving you access to expert views from across the University of Manchester and beyond. You’ll also find lots of suggestions for ways you can follow up, and take action. At the end of each theme there is a multiple choice quiz which you need to pass in order to complete the challenge.

The Social Justice Challenge will launch for 2nd year undergraduate students on 23 September 2019. You don't need to sign up or register. You can find the Social Justice Challenge in the My Communities section of Blackboard. 

Key Facts About The Social Justice Challenge

How long will the Social Justice Challenge take me to complete?

The Social Justice Challenge should take less than an hour to complete. You can complete the Social Justice Challenge in one go or you can complete it at your own pace in bite-sized chunks.  The Social Justice Challenge will only be available for you to complete during your second year.

How do I access the Social Justice Challenge?

You can access the Social Justice Challenge via Blackboard. Scroll down to the  My Communities section below your current list of courses and click on EGC: Social Justice Challenge.

You can access the materials via PC, tablet or mobile. Access to headphones or speakers is essential.

Why should I complete the Social Justice Challenge?

By completing the Social Justice Challenge, you will:

  • develop knowledge, skills and understanding of challenges facing society in the 21st century
  • enhance your employability skills

  • explore issues of social justice and hopefully  be inspired to take action on issues of importance to you

  • contextualise your degree and place it in a wider national and global context


Successful completion of Social Justice Challenge will appear on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report)

Completion of all 3 Ethical Grand Challenges counts towards the prestigious Stellify Award

I can’t access the Social Justice Challenge

The Challenge is only accessible to 2nd year undergraduate students at the University of Manchester.  If you are a 2nd year student and can’t access the Challenge email with the subject line Social Justice Challenge access.

How can I take action?

At the end of each theme there are suggestions for how you can get involved and take action.  In addition look out for social justice pop up events which will be running throughout the year.

How can I give feedback on the Social Justice Challenge?

We want to know what you think of the Social Justice Challenge content and activities. There is a feedback section at the end of each theme in Blackboard.