Module 5 - Poverty, Inequality and the Social Dimension of Development (6 ECTS)

Aims of the module:

Topics covered in the course include in particular:

  1. Definition and measurement of & overview of empirical trends on poverty and inequality between and within countries and regions
  2. Discussion of causes of poverty and inequality & the inter-linkages between poverty, distribution and economic development
  3. Overview of the development and different types of social welfare regimes and social protection systems, including critical debates on current approaches (safety nets and ‘targeting’)
  4. Overview of other policy areas to ensure social development (labour market policies, tax policies, public infrastructure and services, education policies, gender equality policies)
  5. Analysis of country cases exemplifying different policy approaches and links to their economic development processes and political economy contexts
  6. Overview of and critical discussion of private governance initiatives (Fair Trade, codes of conducts, corporate social responsibility, multi-stakeholder initiatives, human rights assessments, international collective bargaining agreements)

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion, students:

  • can access, prepare and interpret data on poverty and inequality (ILO, UNRISD, World Bank)
  • have a good overview on empirical trends and debates on poverty and inequality on the global level
  • have an understanding on the development of different types of social protection systems and other policies to ensure social development and their role in the development process
  • can critically assess different private governance instruments on social and labor right