Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and Approaches

Modular value: 20 credits

Module Convenor: Robert Leurs

Aim of the Module

The aim of this module is to examine different approaches to defining and measuring poverty and inequality, to understand the impact of global and national systems on poverty and inequality, to reflect on the potential and limitations of some useful analytical frameworks and methodologies, and to consider some interesting approaches to project and policy led development.

Learing outcomes

On completing this module participants should be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate the policy implications of different approaches to defining poverty and inequality
  • Understand and critically evaluate the role of global and national systems and dynamics on poverty and inequality.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the potential and limitations of livelihoods analysis
  • Understand and critically evaluate the potential and limitations of participatory approaches in the project context
  • Understand and critically evaluate the potential and limitations of gender analysis
  • Understand and critically evaluate the potential and limitations of learning process approaches to development
  • Understand and critically evaluate the potential and limitations of participation in the policy context

Teaching and learning approach

The module will be delivered using a range of methods such as interactive presentations, videos, case studies and student presentations.

Topics covered include:

  • Definitions and trends
  • Poverty and inequality 1 – Definitions, measurement and trends
  • Useful frameworks and methodologies
  • Livelihoods analysis
  • Participatory learning and action
  • Participatory policy development
  • Gender analysis
  • Poverty and social impact assessment
  • Practical application (group based student presentations)
  • An analysis of the Ugandan Poverty Eradication Action Plan
  • A different way of doing development
  • New professionalism/learning process approaches to development
  • A review of the causes of poverty, inequality and development
  • Motors, facilitators and impediments

Assessment

  • One 2000 word practical assignment, worth 30% of the total mark and one 3000 word assignment worth 70% of the total mark.

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