Fighting Poverty and Striving for a Sustainable Society

Ending poverty is the No. 1 target of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015.  The aims of the course are to help students acquire a solid foundation of knowledge on poverty issues, understand the critical role of ending poverty in sustainable development, and develop their own thinking of anti-poverty strategies in the contexts of both developing and developed countries.  To achieve these objectives, the course materials are organized into three themes: understanding poverty, fighting poverty, and striving for a sustainable society.  In the first theme understanding poverty, the aim is to make students gain familiarity with poverty issues from the economic, political, and social perspectives, including the global poverty problem, poverty measurement, the lives of the poor, the theoretical perspectives of poverty issues, and the causes of poverty at both the micro and macro levels.  In the second theme fighting poverty, it introduces a wide range of anti-poverty strategies to help students to develop their thinking on ending poverty.  In the third theme striving for a sustainable society, it connects fighting poverty to building a sustainable society through integrated solutions, and particularly emphasizes how a society can manage its resources to provide access to education and health services and a social safety net for all people.


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