Extreme poverty and sustainable development

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
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.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
In the first semester, classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable.
Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.
Students will be informed as soon as possible, through the course ARIEL website, in case they will be able also to attend in person the classes at University. This possibility will depend upon the evolution of the emergency and the respect of the security directives. In any case the live classes will be recorded and will be available on the online platform.

The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching. Classes may require prior readings and include pre-recorded components.

The course program is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes will adapt to the teaching methods outlined below.
Course syllabus
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
Teaching methods
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 and/or Teams
Teaching Resources
Relevant materials will be posted on Ariel and/or Microsoft Teams
Assessment methods and Criteria
students will be evaluated through engagement with the class activities with oral expositions. The final exam will be an oral test
IUS/13 - INTERNATIONAL LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours
Professor: Crema Luigi
I receive students by appointment, e-mail luigi.crema@unimi
Stanza d'Angolo, Biblioteca di diritto internazionale, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano