The past century has seen great gains in human wellbeing and poverty reduction, but those gains have not been evenly spread, nor have they been continuous. Economic crisis, boom and bust cycles, conflict and most importantly, increasing inequality have ensured that economic security and general wellbeing remain out or reach or precarious for many people in both developed and developing economies. In a rapidly changing world where a decently paid job and affordable housing is difficult to achieve, the question of what governments, businesses and communities can do to help is perhaps more pressing that ever. This unit offers students solutions to the real world issues of poverty and inequality and it does so through the lens of grounded case studies drawn from the lives, households and communities of the poor and disadvantaged. Substantive topics covered include social and political revolution, the State, participatory development, microcredit, NGOs, cash transfers, social movements, violence, health, gender and household.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x800wd Tutorial notes and participation (15%), 1x1000wd Test (20%), 1x1200wd Take home exercise (30%), 1x1500wd Long essay (35%)
12 credit points at 1000 level