The course, explores the most relevant theories on the fight against poverty, and the policies currently undertaken by several international actors to this end.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will - understand the differences of the concepts of poverty, inequality, and economic development; - develop a conceptual framework of sustainability inclusive of poverty; - evaluate critically the strength and the weakness of current models dedicated to fight extreme poverty; - improve oral and written skills, including arguing convincingly with the professor and with classmates, with logical and legal thoroughness and propriety of language.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course aims at addressing several issues. The first one focuses on the history of world economy, and introduces to the ambiguity hiding behind the neutral concept of economic development. The second one focuses on how global economy shaped neo-liberal institutions, such as the World Trade Organization. The third will go through the many unresolved issues that the current model of development leaves open. Finally, the course will go through two specific topics: first, the idea of right to development of the Chinese Government; and, second, the model of cooperation assumed by the European Union.
Prerequisites for admission
students must have an excellent knowledge of the written and spoken English language
The attendance of the course is compulsory. Only those students who attend at least 75% of the course are admitted to take the final exam. The detailed course programme and the didactic material is available on ARIEL. Each topic will be addressed not only from a theoretical point of view, but also through the lens of the most relevant practical examples. The course will combine frontal lessons and interactive and innovative teaching methodologies (based on the active participations of students through individual or collective contributions in the form of presentations, summaries or prepared discussions, practical sessions of written and oral legal advocacy, simulation of proceedings before different adjudicatory bodies, moot courts and mock trials). Advance reading and regular preparation are necessary prerequisite for the successful participation in the course.
the bibliography will be suggested during the classes and by the professor throughout the semester.
Assessment methods and Criteria
students will be evaluated through engagement with the class activities with oral expositions. The final exam will be a written test