Minor Global Poverty, Local Solutions

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINISS-GPLS

Content

The first module will provide an introduction to the analysis of global poverty. It will provide insight into the main concepts of poverty and inequality, and alternative explanations on the persistence of growing global inequalities. It will give an overview of major trends in wealth accumulation, in different regions, and how growing social problems of inequality are directly associated with patterns of development. The second module examines global institutions and their limitations in addressing global poverty. Students will get insight into the historical evolvement of, and attempts to reform, institutions like the UN, the World Bank, IMF, and the growing importance of regional institutions. It will discuss the role of development aid as well as the critique of aid, different country approaches, and how domestic politics influence these. The third module offers students insights into the manifold local approaches that have been successful in addressing the negative consequences of global economic and political development. Case studies from various continents and fields of intervention are discussed, offering constructive perspectives to dealing with poverty and inequality.

Learning objectives

Students will be able to:

  • assess global trends in poverty and impoverishment;
  • comprehend and apply various conceptualizations of poverty, vulnerability and social exclusion, analyze the multidimensional manifestations of poverty, and have an insight into the position of women and children as particularly vulnerable groups;
  • develop an understanding of the design, potentialities and limits of current poverty reduction schemes and programmes at macro, meso and micro levels;
  • identify alternative strategies, policy interventions and innovative subaltern responses aimed at eliminating poverty on the basis of principles of gender justice and social and economic justice.

Special aspects

Proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing in the English language is essential. Exposure to the general media that report on global problems will be important as a starting point for this course.

Overview modules

Module 1: Why Does Global Poverty Persist?

  • Code: ISS-MI-8102
  • ECTS: 3.75
  • Content: This module will provide an introduction to the analysis of global poverty. It will provide insight into the main concepts of poverty and inequality and alternative explanations on the persistence of growing global inequalities. It will give an overview of major trends in wealth accumulation in different regions and how the increase of social problems of inequality and environmental degradation are directly associated with patterns of development.
  • Teaching method: Participatory lectures, movies, tutorials.
  • Teaching materials: Electronic reader with core articles by ISS staff and other international scholars, movies, game.
  • Contact hours: 10 hours per week.
  • Self study: 30 hours per week.

Module 2: Why Has Global Governance Failed to Address Growing Exclusion?

  • Code: ISS-MI-8102
  • ECTS: 3.75
  • Content: This part of the course examines global institutions and their limitations in addressing global poverty. Students will get insight into the historical evolvement of, and attempts to reform, institutions like the UN, the World Bank, IMF and the growing importance of regional institutions. It will discuss the role of development aid as well as the critique on aid, different country approaches, and how domestic politics influence these.
  • Teaching method: Participatory lectures, movies, role playing game, tutorials.
  • Teaching materials: Electronic reader with core articles by ISS staff and other international scholars, movies, game.
  • Contact hours: 10 hours per week.
  • Self study: 30 hours per week.

Module 3: Which Local Solutions Have Worked?

  • Code: ISS-MI-8102
  • ECTS:  7.5
  • Content: The third module offers students an insight into the manifold local approaches that have been successful in addressing the negative consequences of global economic and political developments. Case studies from various continents and fields of intervention are discussed, offering constructive perspectives to dealing with poverty and inequality.
  • Teaching method: Participatory lectures, movies, role playing game, tutorials, working groups and group presentations, meetings with international ISS students.
  • Teaching materials:  Electronic reader with core articles by ISS staff and other international scholars, movies, game.
  • Contact hours: 10 hours per week.
  • Self study: 30 hours per week.

Examination

Method of examination
Invigilated mid-term exam for modules 1 and 2, invigilated end-term exam for module 3, with a choice out of a range of open questions; take-home essay on a topic selected by the student; group presentation.

Composition final grade
Exams (2 * 30% = 60%), essay (30%), group presentation (10%).

Feedback
Substantive written evaluation of all assessment components by the course leader.

Contact information

Erhard Berner
berner@iss.nl
070 - 426 0598
room: ISS 4.34

Faculty website
International Institute of Social Studies

Category
Broadening minor
Minor code
MINISS-GPLS
Organisation
International Institute of Social Studies
Study points (ECTS)
15
Instruction language
English
Location

Den Haag

Registration

Please read the application procedure for more information.