MSc International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development / Course details
Year of entry: 2017
Course unit details:
Poverty and Development
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Global Development Institute|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course examines the relationship between poverty and development at three different levels: macro, meso and micro-levels. Key concepts, debates and approaches addressing the conceptualisation, measurement and analysis of poverty and poverty reduction are critically explored.
The unit aims to:
- Introduce the competing conceptualisations and measurements of poverty
- Explore how poverty can be addressed differently at the global, national and local levels
- Examine the current international post-2015 poverty agenda and discuss the diverse strategies and mechanisms for reducing poverty
Knowledge and Understanding
- Have a critical understanding of the different approaches to understanding, measuring and analysing poverty
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the diverse levels at which poverty can be addressed and the challenges encountered at each level
- Critically engage with the key strategies and mechanisms for reducing poverty
- Understand the current international post-2015 poverty agenda and its implications
- Identify the different factors causing poverty and its persistence
- Be able to conduct a critical analysis
- Be able to compare different case studies
- Be able to conduct research on poverty
- Writing academic essays
- Preparing and delivering presentations
- Debating and discussing
Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities
- Group work / team work
- Group and individual presentations - Communication skills
- Critical thinking and reflection
Teaching and learning methods
All lectures are posted on Blackboard. Handouts are provided in most of the lectures. The lecture usually includes an interactive short group exercise mid-way during the lecture to stimulate discussion.
Tutorials are held in groups of 10-15 max to allow students to debate the various topics and give them the opportunity to prepare different themes and present them in small groups.
Lectures: 9 x 2 hour sessions
Tutorials: 3 x 2 hour sessions
+ 2 x 1 hour essay writing workshops
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Essay outline (formative) (one page) - feedback provided as track changes via email.
Essay - detailed written feedback provided once marked.
Addison, T., D. Hulme and R. Kanbur (2009) Poverty Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. OUP.
Banerjee, A. V.; R. Bénabou and D. Mookherjee (eds) (2006). Understanding Poverty, London: Oxford University Press.
Barrientos, A. and D. Hulme (eds.) (2008). Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest: Concepts, Policies and Politics. London, Palgrave.
Booth, A. and P. Mosley. (eds) (2003) The New Poverty Strategies: what have they achieved? What have we learned? Palgrave/Macmillan.
CPRC. The International Chronic Poverty Reports I & II. www.chronicpoverty.org. Also see the CPRC Working Paper series.
Grusky, D. B. and R. Kanbur (eds) (2006). Poverty and Inequality, Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Hulme, D. (2010) Global Poverty: How Global Governance is Failing the Poor. Routledge.
Maxwell, S. (1999). ‘The Meaning and Measurement of Poverty’, ODI Poverty Briefing No.3: February. http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/poverty.html
Mosse, D. (2010) A relational approach to durable poverty, inequality and power, Journal of Development Studies 46(7) pp. 1156-1178
Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
World Bank (2000) World Development Report 2000/1 (World Bank)http://www.worldbank.org/poverty/wdrpoverty/report/index.htm
UNDP. Human Poverty Reports. www.undp.org/poverty
UNRISD (2010) Combating Poverty and Inequality: Structural Change, Social Policy and Politics. www.unrisd.org
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
Contributors: Armando Barrientos, David Hulme, Kunal Sen, Sam Hickey and Caroline Moser
GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered: ID, ID: DM, ID: GTI, ID:ECCD, ID: PGDP, ID: PCR (co), ID: PID (co)
Semester 2 - Thursday 12-2 PM
Tutorials to be scheduled separately.