|Start Date||2 February 2024|
|End Date||8 March 2024|
|Teaching methods||Assignments; Lectures; Project Based Learning; Presentations; Papers; Research; Skills; Work in subgroups|
|Assessment methods||Attendance; Participation; Presentation and Paper; Country Case Studies|
|Keywords||Poverty, Inequality, Human Development, Social Justice|
Full course description
The evidence of mounting world poverty and inequality is compelling. The challenge globally is to move beyond sheer descriptions and consider holistic frameworks that can give poor and vulnerable populations sustainable access to the resources they need to be self-sufficient and to be able to contribute in their societies. There is a common perception that it is primarily developing countries which experience severe poverty and inequality but the problem also extends to developed and industrialised countries. This course presents students with a wide range of concepts, definitions, and theories of poverty and inequality. The main objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of the diversity and complexity of poverty and inequality, their forms and root causes and the linkages the concepts of human development and the welfare state. Students will learn the basic technical skills required to measure poverty and inequality and consider a range of other topics including: social risks and vulnerability, patterns of economic and social development, sources of inequality, formal and informal labour markets, social impacts of growth, macro-economic (fiscal, monetary) policy, global governance, the role of international institutions and their role in development.
- Explain the translation of theory into conceptual and measurement options for poverty, inequality, and vulnerability.
- Justify the selection of poverty and inequality measures within a given context, which requires:
- Defining, comparing, and applying ways of understanding poverty measurements (uni-dimensional and multidimensional)
- Examining, justifying, and applying different simple methods of measuring inequality.
3. Identify and explain more complex inequality and mobility measurement methods
4. Explain the relationship between historical patterns of poverty, inequality and the welfare state
5. Appraise, negotiate, advocate, and recommend policy options relating to poverty reduction strategies for duty bearers.
Deneulin, S., & Shahani, L. (2009). An introduction to the human development and capability approach: Freedom and agency. Earthscan.
Haughton, J., & Khandker, S. R. (2009). Handbook on Poverty and Inequality. Washington D.C.: World Bank Publications.