- Code POGO8004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Policy and Governance
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Sharon Bessell
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2023
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.
Poverty remains one of the most significant policy challenges facing the world today. In countries across the global South and the global North there is a need for urgency in addressing poverty, reflected in the first of the Sustainable Development Goals. While there was progress in addressing extreme poverty in the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in that trend being reversed, with tens of millions – perhaps billions – of people being plunged into poverty. Poverty constrains, and sometimes destroys, the lives of individuals. It is a denial of basic human rights and undermines the development of human capital and the progress of well-being. Yet even the definition of poverty is contested and ways of measuring and addressing it are intensely debated.
This course will equip students to understand those debates. It will examine the policies and programs that have achieved success and those that have missed the mark. It will cover:-
- Conceptualisations and definitions of poverty.
- Debates around poverty measurement and various approaches.
- Intersections of gender, age, disability, location, ethnicity and poverty.
- The relationship between inequality, marginalisation, and poverty.
- The ongoing implications of colonisation and global maldistribution.
- Policy and programs to reduce poverty.
- The evolution of global thinking around poverty reduction, including the Sustainable Development Goals and SDG1.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse complex theories and debates around reducing poverty.
- Debate key perspectives on definitions and measurement of poverty.
- Distinguish and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the social groups that are especially vulnerable to poverty.
- Understand the interconnections between poverty and marginalisation and inequality.
- Analyse the policies and programs that have achieved success and those that have not.
- Demonstrate knowledge to develop policies and programs to reduce poverty.
- Three pieces of class-based assessment (worksheets/quizzes) (150 words each) (15) [LO 1,2]
- Infographic and mini-presentation (infographic - 800 words; mini-presentation - 5 minutes) (35) [LO 1,2,6]
- Essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 3,4,5,6]
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A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
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