Finland, Helsinki

Global Poverty, Human Rights and Development

when 6 August 2019 - 22 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 990

The course explores the nexus and different dimensions of the crisis of poverty, (under)development and human rights from a historical, institutional and policy-making perspective.

Conceiving poverty alleviation as an essential human rights obligation, this course examines domestic and international variables that have occasioned and exacerbated world poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. The course also formulates and highlights what duties states and international institutions owe to the poor and the victims of global injustice.

Course leader

The course is led by George Forji Amin (PhD candidate/tutor), International Law, University of Helsinki.
Two guest lectures, one by Professor Lauri Hannikainen and the other by Dr Manuel Fonseca, both specialists in International Law at the University of

Target group

University-level education (Bachelor, Master, or equivalent), including career professionals, with a strong interest in human rights, poverty and development.

No prior knowledge of the subject matter required.

Course aim

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

- demonstrate an understanding of the correlation between the three concepts (Poverty, Human Rights and Development), especially with regard to global order and global governance.
- understand reasons behind the failures of development initiatives during the last half century.
- demonstrate an understanding of theories of development, and current policy debates geared at addressing the crisis of poverty and underdevelopment.
- understand the role and politics of institutions (international organisations and international financial institutions) in driving the discourse and debates around the three concepts.
- understand actors (both domestic and international) responsible for the crisis of poverty and underdevelopment, especially in the third world.
- develop independent opinions on the subject with a possibility to carry out independent research on topics of interest.

Fee info

EUR 990: Degree and PhD students
EUR 1490: Professionals