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Course responsible: Arild Einar Bjørn Angelsen, Espen Olav Sjaastad
Teachers: Julia del Carmen Naime Sanchez Henkel, John Andrew Mcneish
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2014V
The course draws on the central debates from existing poverty literature and debates. It is divided into five parts: (i) introduction, with overview of the key issues and the historical formation of the subject; (ii) concepts and perspectives of poverty: absolute-relative (inequality), chronic, multi-dimensional approaches, social exclusion etc.; (iii) measures and methods for the definition and analysis of poverty and inequality; (iv) dynamics of poverty, including debates on causes and on policies and instruments to reduce poverty.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the multi-dimensional study of poverty, thereby acquiring a thorough understanding of key debates and controversies. The course is designed to provide students with the practical and analytical skills needed to undertake their own analysis, for example, measuring (changes in) poverty and inequality.
A combination of lectures, student presentations and class discussions. Two of the assignments involve self-study to investigate a given (assignment 1) or self-selected (assignment 3) topic.
Compulsory 80% attendance of the classes with student presentations. No re-examination. Mandatory activities are valid until the next time the course is offered.
Students are assessed according to continuous evaluation, consisting of three separate assignments: 1. One individual assignment in the form of a review essay on an assigned topic. 2. One individual assignment on quantitative poverty analysis. 3. One class-presentation on a chosen topic (two students collaborate on the presentation). If you fail one of them, you fail the course. All assignments will be given letter grades, and the course grade is the average of the three grades on the assignments.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
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Approx. 20 lectures (2 hours each) + student presentations.
The course is in English. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business (firstname.lastname@example.org) for admission to the course.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F