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POL3077 : Global Poverty and Global Politics (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module examines poverty as a global issue. Poverty is seen as a global phenomenon that is linked to and shaped by contemporary global political economic structures and forces. The module examines poverty in relation to these structures, in doing so, attention is paid to the nature of poverty and the role played by states, multilateral institutions and civil society in reducing poverty. The module also examines poverty in relation to other global issues, in particular, security, justice and the environment. In examining poverty, the module draws upon theories in the fields of Politics, International Relations, International Political Economy and Development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus

1. What is poverty and introduction to the module
2. Global Poverty
3. Poverty and development
4. States and global Poverty
5. Multilateral institutions and global poverty
6. Civil Society, NGOs and global poverty
7. Global goals and strategies – MDGs, SDGs and PRSPs
8. Poverty and security
9. Urban and rural poverty- the politics of slums and land
10. The environment, poverty and development
11. Poverty, rights and justice
12. Module overview, revision and exam preparation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:002hour lectures provide more opportunity for the in-depth examination of issues, theories and debates
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Whole module cohort sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures – these will be led by the module leader who will provide an introduction to the topic, as well as an overview of key debates, issues and concepts. The longer 2 hour sessions will also provide an opportunity for small group work, group discussion and the use of relevant video/audio clips to illustrate aspects of the issues that are being introduced and examined.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The seen examination will assess the students understanding of, and ability to critically evaluate the key ideas, concepts and theories and empirical material of the course across the entirety of the curriculum.

The 2000 word essay will provide an opportunity for students to explore one of the topics in greater depth. It will assess the student’s ability to place and synthesise the material gained from lectures and seminars in appropriate contexts and their ability to critically and succinctly evaluate the ideas, concepts and theories introduced in lectures and explored in seminars. In addition the essay will also assess the capacity and initiative of students to undertake independent study of published and electronic materials.

Exchange Students:

An alternative form of assessment will be set for exchange students from non-English speaking home institutions replacing the examination. The alternative form of assessment is set in accordance with the University Assessment tariff.

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