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Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate)

School of Oriental and African Studies

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Course Description

Within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the eradication of extreme poverty remains a central objective of international development efforts. As with the Millennium Development Goals before them, the SDGs recognise that poverty has multiple dimensions and that progress is needed on a number of fronts (economic, social and political) if poverty is to be effectively tackled.

With a focus on rural areas which, despite growing urbanisation, continue to be home to the majority of the world’s poorest people, this programme examines the complex nature of poverty, its causes, and the processes of poverty reduction.

Recent achievements in poverty reduction have varied widely across and within countries, regions, and social groups, permitting lessons to be learned regarding the policies and conditions conducive to success.

Modules within the programme draw on a range of disciplines relevant to the challenges of poverty reduction, including economics, political economy, social development, management, natural resources management and law. You will complete core modules then choose from one of three specialisms. These examine, respectively, policies to promote inclusive growth, the management of natural resources so as to benefit the poor, and ideas and approaches relating to managing organisations tasked with poverty reduction, within their individual cultural, political and technological contexts

The programme aims to equip students with a multi-disciplinary skill set to analyse and address the poverty reduction challenges of this millennium. A number of modules have significant economics content. Depending on the options chosen, other disciplines drawn upon may include management theory, environmental science, political economy or law.

The programme will give students the opportunity to develop

  • a critical, inter-disciplinary, integrative and global perspective on poverty reduction issues
  • a theoretical approach to intellectual enquiry of poverty reduction issues, which nevertheless emphasises the integration of theory and practice
  • a broad understanding of ideas and approaches for managing organisations within their cultural, political, technological, social, and institutional contexts, to solve problems related to poverty reduction
  • practical issue-oriented research skills, drawing on knowledge and understanding developed in their studies

Within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the eradication of extreme poverty remains a central objective of international development efforts. As with the Millennium Development Goals before them, the SDGs recognise that poverty has multiple dimensions and that progress is needed on a number of fronts (economic, social and political) if poverty is to be effectively...

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Course Content

Core modules

  • Understanding Poverty (compulsory)
  • Economics and Institutions for Development
  • Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development
  • Climate Change and Development

Elective modules by specialisms

Development Management

  • NGO Management
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Gender and Social Inequality

Inclusive Growth

  • Agricultural Policy and Trade (will last be examined in 2019)
  • Energy and Development
  • Food Security and Social Protection
  • Political Economy of Public Policy

Natural Resource Management

  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Science and Management
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Development
  • International Environmental Law (will last be examined in 2019)

Research component (MSc only)

  • Dissertation
  • Research Methods

Strengthening quantitative skills

It is recommended that students whose basic quantitative analysis skills are weak should also take a non-examined module:Quantitative methods (CF04) at or near the start of their studies. Study materials may be obtained from CeDEP’s virtual learning environment.

Core modules Understanding Poverty (compulsory) Economics and Institutions for Development Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development Climate Change and Development Elective modules by specialisms Development...

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Entry Requirements

A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

A good first degree in an appropriate subject area, as accepted by the University of London, and a high level of English language ability in reading and writing and in study skills.

Assessment Methods

The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September. From 2018 this exam is worth 60% of your total module mark.

The remaining 40% of your mark is determined by an Examined Assignment. This assignment is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor. Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the virtual learning environment.

The final assessment for each module is a two-hour unseen examination held on a specific date in late September. From 2018 this exam is worth 60% of your total module mark. The remaining 40% of your mark is determined by an Examined Assignment. This assignment is submitted during the study year and marked by your tutor. Assignments are submitted to CeDEP electronically via the...

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