Course code ECN352

ECN352 Poverty

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Course responsible: Arild Einar Bjørn Angelsen
Teachers: Julia del Carmen Naime Sanchez Henkel, Espen Olav Sjaastad, John Andrew Mcneish
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:
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, chronic, multi-dimensional approaches, social exclusion etc.; (iii) measures and methods for the definition and analysis of poverty; (iv) dynamics of poverty, including debates on causes and on policies and instruments to reduce poverty.
Learning outcome:
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 research on poverty as part of their Master theses, or later employment.
Learning activities:
A combination of lectures, student presentations and class discussions.
Teaching support:
Selected articles.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory 80% attendence of the classes with student presentations. No re-examination. Mandatory activity is 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.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
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 ( 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