Making Poverty History - ECO00016I

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Maria Garcia Reyes
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

To introduce students to:

  • The variety of approaches used in defining and measuring poverty and inequality
  • The capability approach to poverty as embodied in the multidimensional poverty index of the UNDP.
  • The principal causes that can lead to poverty
  • The interaction between poverty and a range of variables including child labour, education, health, population and gender
  • The debates on the inter relationships between inequality and growth and poverty and growth.
  • The current debate on pro-poor growth

And hence overall, a greater appreciation of the human face of the development problem.

Module learning outcomes

Having taken the module students should be able to:

  • Understand the variety of approaches used in defining and measuring poverty and inequality
  • Have a greater understanding of the principal causes of poverty
  • Assess the interaction between poverty and a range of variables including child labour, education, health, population and gender
  • Appreciate the inter relationships between poverty and growth and development, and inequality and growth and development.
  • Have a greater understanding of the multi-faceted issues behind pro-poor growth strategies
  • Students should also have acquired a familiarity and confidence in using and analysing the variety of information (qualitative and quantitative) contained in the key websites of inter alia, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Human Development Programme, etc.
  • Through work for the seminars, students should also have
  • acquired familiarity with essay work and what is required for good grades.
  • Acquired experience of team based work as both team leaders and team members

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Making Poverty History
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Making Poverty History
2 hours 100

Module feedback

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Indicative reading

Clunies-Ross, A., Forsyth, D. and Huq, M. (2009). Development Economics. 1st ed. McGraw-Hill.
Collier, P. (2007). The Bottom Billion; Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It. Oxford University Press.
Dasgupta, P. (1996). An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution.
Easterly, W. (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Ray, D. (1998). Development Economics. New Jersey: Princeton.
Sachs, J. (2005). The End of Poverty. Penguin.
Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. Chap 7 & 9. Oxford University Press.
Todaro, M P. & Smith, S C. (2006). Economic Development. 10th ed. Essex: Pearson.



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