• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies

More than a decade has passed since the declaration of the 2000 Millennium Development Goals. Poverty is still a hot issue that drives international and national policy debate. Following the Global Financial Crisis, the world has seen the unfolding sovereign debt crises in the Eurozone. Poverty reduction not only concerns (less) developing countries. Developed and developing countries alike share a sense of urgency in reducing poverty. 

This course aims to provide a deeper understanding on poverty:

  •       What is poverty?
  •       How poor is poor?
  •       How to measure poverty?
  •       What are the causes and what are the cures?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • know how we fare in fighting global poverty
  • gain a understanding of various common measurements of poverty and inequality 
  • appreciate the ongoing debates on poverty-related issues 
  • understand some poverty reduction policy practices and options 
  • identify the key drivers of poverty and the key challenges ahead

Other Information

The course will be delivered “on campus” with materials posted in Wattle.

Indicative Assessment

Three to four pieces of in-class assessments including presentation and quizzes/mid-term (Learning Outcomes 1-5) 55%

Essay (Learning Outcomes 3-5) 45%

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A 2.5-hours weekly class including in-class activities. Students are expected to spend approximately 4-5 additional hours on readings and assignments to complete the course.

Prescribed Texts

Reading brick

Preliminary Reading

Students are encouraged to commence reading the material presented in the Reading Brick before classes commence.

Chen Shaohua and Martin Ravaillon (2007). ‘The changing profile of poverty in the world’. 2020 Focus Brief on the World’s Poor and Hungry People, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C., October. 

Ravallion, Martin (2011). ‘Poor, or just feeling poor?: On using subjective data in measuring poverty’, Policy Research working Paper 5968, World Bank, Washington D.C.

World Bank (2011). Global Monitoring Report 2011: Improving the Odds of Achieving the MDGs, Chapter 1 'The Diversity of MDG Progress'.

Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi, Ruhi Saith and Frances Stewart (2003). ‘Does it matter that we don't agree on the definition of poverty? A comparison of four approaches’, Oxford Development Studies 31(3): 243-74.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5478 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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