School of Global Studies

Poverty, Vulnerability & the Global Econ (821L6)

Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy

Module 821L6

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This module will explore the processes under which poverty, vulnerability and marginality are reproduced in the global economy. Taking an anthropological perspective, we explore social, economic and political factors and relations that contribute to the often `adverse incorporationÂż of people within the global economy. The focus is on how gender and the household shape relations of poverty; on how the life cycle, age and the body are central to the way in which particular vulnerabilities are reproduced; and on how the dynamics of migration, urban life and work for global markets contribute to or curb conditions of precariousness. In addition, the module considers the poor not merely as victims but also as agents with an ability to act, a capacity to resist, and with the potential for resilience. We explore the political economy of debt, and how relations of indebtedness create dependencies and vulnerabilities across the globe. Finally, we critically assesses different poverty-alleviation interventions, and consider the transformative potential of contemporary social protection policies. Each of the above issues will be explored with reference to in-depth case studies from garment companies in India to construction sites in the Middle East to commercial export farms across Africa.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding of key anthropological approaches to poverty, vulnerability and inequality in the global economy

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of a range of power relations and institutional contexts that (re)produce poverty and vulnerability in the global economy

Demonstrate critical knowledge of the way in which contemporary processes of migration, industrialisation and neoliberalisation affect poverty and inequality across the globe

Critically evaluate and assess different approaches to poverty alleviation, including market, state, and civil society interventions

Apply empirical knowledge and theoretical understanding of causes and implications of poverty and vulnerability to a particular case study

Essay (5000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 3 Wed 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Rebecca Prentice

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Miss Emilia Roycroft

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Mrs Jayne Paulin

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