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Global Poverty, Human Rights and Development


Faculty of Law , University of Helsinki


Related Degree Programmes:
Mas­ter’s Pro­gramme in In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Law, Mas­ter of In­ter­na­tional and Com­par­at­ive Law





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George Forji Amin

Global Poverty, Human Rights and Development

Target students

University Level education (advanced 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.


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.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, attendees 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.

Course format and teaching methods

  • case study analysis
  • PowerPoints
  • videos, short documentaries and commentaries
  • moot court / group work
  • debate

For key themes, students will be provided with three relevant articles (literature), to freely choose one. Students are expected to submit a half-page summary of one of the articles prior to some of the sessions. The summaries must be uploaded on the university platform (Moodle).

More instructions will be provided during the first lesson.

Means and criteria of assessment

Grading scale:
5 = excellent
4 = very good
3 = good
2 = average
1 = poor
0 = fail

Summaries and active participation: 20%
Presentation: 20%
Course assignments: 20 %
Final exam: 40 %

Course Schedule

Location: City Centre Campus

Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins
Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 8.8.2018 Courses begin

Preliminary Course Schedule