The current impoverishment of more than 1.4 billion people and the growing levels of inequality at national and international levels present the world with its greatest moral challenge. The challenge of understanding and tackling the problems of poverty and inequality is therefore an urgent one. This programme is designed to help you engage with this challenge in a critical and constructive way, by offering high-level academic training in a vibrant and stimulating environment.
Aims of the programme
• Provide critical insights into different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives on how poverty, inequality and development can be understood, measured and explained • Provide participants with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to critically analyse key theoretical and practical issues relating to poverty, inequality and development; • Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote development, equality and poverty reduction • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to poverty, inequality and development; • Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication • Assist students in developing their specialist area of expertise within the field of poverty, inequality and development, and applying their understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.