Debating Poverty and Vulnerability: Policy and Programming (961M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module provides a practical guide to different policy and programmatic approaches to poverty and vulnerability reduction.

The first part of the module provides an overview of different programmatic interventions and policy process and considers their relevance for poverty.

The second part uses a case study approach to understand social protection as a policy and programmatic framework to address poverty.

Different social protection instruments are outlined, and their relative poverty and vulnerability reduction effectiveness is examined. Different evaluation methods are identified and the political and financial sustainability of interventions are considered.

The third part of the module looks at the underlying causes and drivers of poverty and considers how broader social policy can respond. This includes examining the vulnerability of workers through migration, and informality and how politics effects and shapes poverty programmes and social policy.


100%: Lecture


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: