Course Description

Global Poverty and Inequality, UPPP 115

The course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of poverty, in the US and globally, with a special focus on exploring its relationship to inequality. Students will consider and discuss poverty and inequality from multiple perspectives, examining case studies, broad trends, and empirical evidence. The course will help prepare students to critically analyze complex issues and assess competing programs and policies. It also serves as the gateway to other courses and programs focused on poverty.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Irvine, Planning, Policy, and Design

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
General Education: II - Science and Technology

UC Los Angeles:
Major Requirement: IDS Major / UD elective for Sociology BA

UC Merced:
Units toward your degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: TMC 1 course toward upper division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major
Major Requirement: Global Health Major: Medical Humanities Elective
Global Health Minor: Elective
Global Health Departmental Limit of 2 online courses per student in the Major, 1 online course per student in the Minor

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Major Requirement: Approved as an elective substitution for Sociology; May be used to satisfy a Community Studies topical requirement, limit one outside course taken to meet major requirements per student.

Prerequisites

None

More About The Course

This course is unlike any course you’ve ever taken or likely will take during your undergraduate years. Here’s a few reasons. We’ve brought together leading thinkers from campuses across the UC system. These experts are examining poverty and inequality from a wide range of disciplines. Each week we’ll focus on a new theme, led by a different instructor. You’ll get a chance to converse with them in our weekly live sessions. Some weeks we’ll take you on a virtual field trip so you can see how the issues we’re been examining apply to real-world settings. Back in the virtual classroom, we’ll meet for weekly live discussion sections, where you’ll get a chance to discuss and debate these critical issues with your fellow students.

We’ve designed the class assignments to give you choices. You’ll be able to decide which of the assignments you’ll pursue based on your own interests and your future plans as they relate to the course topics. Are you an engineering student? Design a solution that will can help people with solving basic human needs like clean water. Are you a public health major? How can we bring resources from the public health community to address poverty? Business major? What role do multi-national companies have in addressing the human needs of the planet?

Course Creator

Richard Matthew
Richard A. Matthew (PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for International Programs; Professor of Planning, Policy and Design; Director of the UCI Blum Center (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/); Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu); and co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE Project (http://floodrise.uci.edu), all at the University of California at Irvine. He is also a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and has served on several UN peacebuilding missions, including two he led in Sierra Leone. He has over 170 publications, including 12 books.
 
Richard A. Matthew (PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for International Programs; Professor of Planning, Policy and Design; Director of the UCI Blum Center ( http://blumcenter.uci.edu/ ); Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs ( www.cusa.uci.edu ); and co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE Project ( http://floodrise.uci.edu ), all at the University of California at ...

Richard A. Matthew (PhD Princeton) is Associate Dean for International Programs; Professor of Planning, Policy and Design; Director of the UCI Blum Center (http://blumcenter.uci.edu/); Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu); and co-Principal Investigator of the FloodRISE Project (http://floodrise.uci.edu), all at the University of California at Irvine. He is also a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding, and has served on several UN peacebuilding missions, including two he led in Sierra Leone. He has over 170 publications, including 12 books.
 

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