Poverty and Inequality (902N1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will provide you with an in-depth understanding and basic skills for the analysis of poverty and inequality within various contexts.

The module will start with three lectures introducing the main concepts and setting the agenda with respect to current debates on poverty and inequality.

The second set of lectures will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to:

  • apply basic economic concepts to the analysis of poverty and inequality
  • use various measures for such analysis.

The final set of lectures will introduce you to technical details with respect to poverty analysis, including data sources and analytical tools.

You’ll work individually and in groups. Groups will be asked to make the case for poverty reduction in a country of their choice, using the knowledge and skills learned throughout the module.


100%: Seminar (Class)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.