During the module you will develop your key skills in:
1. Assessing the nature of the evidence base on population, poverty and policy issues from a variety of sources;
2. Improved analysis, debate, reading and writing
The skills will be developed through writing a briefing paper through student-led seminars.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Analyse different approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of poverty.
- Discuss the implications of these interrelationships for policy.
- Analyse the interrelationships between population processes and poverty: at both the micro and macro levels; and in different contexts, encompassing the Global South and North.
The module content may vary to an extent from year to year according to the research interests of the module lecturers. However, indicative content includes:
- Poverty - concepts and measurement;
- Population growth and economic wellbeing;
- Globalisation, poverty and inequality;
- Poverty, global health policy and the MDGs;
- High fertility, family planning and economic development;
- Poverty, pensions and ageing;
- Concentrated poverty - causes and impact;
- Migration and poverty in an interconnected world.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning is through a mixture of a) lectures and b) student-led seminars. Reading distributed in advance of the seminars provides the basis for learning through student-led discussion.
|Total study time||100|
Resources & Reading list
Text books, web sites, other sources of related information..
Merrick, T. (2002). Population and policy: New views on an old controversy.. International Family Planning Perspectives, 28(1), pp. 41-46.
Ahlburg, D. (2002). Does population matter? A review essay. Population and Development Review, 28(2), pp. 329-350.
Yeates, N. (eds) (2008). Understanding Global Social Policy. Bristol.
Bloom, D.E., Canning, D., & Sevilla, J. (2003). The demographic dividend. A new perspective on the economic consequences of population change, Population Matters.. Santa Monica, U.S.
Chen, S. and Ravallion, M (2008). The developing world is poorer than we thought, but no less successful in the fight against poverty. Washington.
Yeates, N. and Holden, C. (2009). The Global Social Policy Reader. Bristol.
Collier, P. (2007). The bottom billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.
Birdsall, N., Kelley, A., & Sinding, S. (2001). Population matters: Demographic change, economic growth and poverty in the developing world.
Penalties for non-attendance at seminars: up to 25%.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External