Globalisation and Poverty: a Connected World
Full course description
This course introduces students to current research on the interrelationship of globalisation and poverty as characterised by contemporary development challenges. The course explores the ways in which our world is interconnected through commodities; economic and social interdependencies; and common institutions, challenges and risks we face. The course uses the conceptual lenses of ‘globalisation’ and ‘poverty’ to investigate cross-cutting topics in development – such as migration/mobility, health, and environment – from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. In addition, the course introduces students to theoretical approaches from transnationalism and from science and technology studies (STS) in connection with GDS4003, Transnational Migrant Networks and Flows, and GDS4004, STS for Development in a Global Context, taken in parallel to this course. In so doing, this course presents students with ways to research linkages between the Global North and South and within the Global South through an introduction to contemporary development issues and the challenges and opportunities that globalisation presents.
After completion of this course, students are able to:
- identify actors in and explain how globalisation and poverty impact on contemporary development challenges;
- critically assess and engage with theoretical and empirical academic work on globalisation and poverty;
- describe and evaluate global flows using a recognized empirical approach (e.g. a socio-economic biography of an everyday object, global value chain analysis) to document the movement and transformation of materials;
- recognize how poverty, inequalities and vulnerabilities are conceptualised and measured;
- evaluate how different concepts of poverty link to different possible strategies for reducing poverty;
- conduct a data and literature search in reliable academic research;
- position oneself in an academic debate through reading, discussion and writing;
- write an argumentative academic paper, based on secondary data collection and a literature review;
- develop an original analytical perspective by applying a theoretical approach to gathered data in an academic paper.
The courses: GDS4000 and GDS4002