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POLS553 The Global Politics of Poverty and Inequality

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

The political determinants and effects of poverty and inequality, both within states and on the level of global governance. Theoretical and ethical analysis is combined with empirical investigation of the political correlates of poverty and inequality.

Focuses on the empirics of poverty and inequality globally, as well as debates on what to do about these. Successful completion will empower you to take part in informed debates about the theory and empirical analysis of poverty and inequality.

Paper title The Global Politics of Poverty and Inequality
Paper code POLS553
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,713.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,512.50

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Limited to
May not be credited together with POLS 433 passed in 2009, 2010, or 2012-2014.
Teaching staff
Professor Philip Nel
Paper Structure
Seminar discussions, lab sessions in becoming acquainted with STATA statistical package, data analysis projects and student presentations.
There is no required textbook. Selected readings will be made available online and e-reserve on Blackboard.
Course outline

View a sample course outline for POLS 553. (Students taking this paper should refer to blackboard for the current course outline)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual (including ethical) approaches to studying poverty and inequality;
  • Apply and evaluate empirical analyses of the political correlates of poverty and inequality;
  • Show knowledge of issues and themes in contemporary national and global debates on poverty and inequality; and
  • Identify relevant sources for analysing the political determinants and effects of poverty and inequality.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41