Course code ECN352

ECN352 Poverty and Inequality

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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)
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
Course contents:
The course draws on the central debates from existing poverty literature. It is divided into three parts: (i) concepts and perspectives of poverty; (ii) methods and tools for measuring poverty and inequality; (iii) causes and consequences of poverty, and policies and instruments to reduce poverty.
Learning outcome:
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range of perspectives and methods in the 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.
Learning activities:
A combination of lectures, student presentations and class discussions. There are threes assignments, two of the assignments involve self-study to investigate a given topic, and the third assignment is a class presentation, in pairs, on a self-selected topic of relevance to the course. 
Selected articles.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory 80% attendance of the classes with student presentations. Mandatory activities are valid until the next time the course is offered.
Portfolio: 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:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse).
Type of course:
Approx. 15 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: Portfolio: Letter grades