Global Poverty and Practice

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The Global Poverty & Practice (GPP) minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practical skills necessary to engage with global poverty and inequality in effective ways. The "Practice Experience" is a central component of the minor in which students partner with organizations engaged in poverty action (e.g., non-governmental organizations, community organizations, government agencies, and other poverty or development programs). In conjunction with the coursework, this real-world experience, which can take place domestically or internationally, allows students to connect theories and practices of poverty action. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to undertake the minor.

Applying for the Minor

Students wishing to pursue the Global Poverty and Practice minor must submit a Minor Declaration of Intent Form to the GPP Advising Office (100H Blum Hall). There are no pre-requisites required to declare the minor.  The deadlines to declare are generally in early October and early March. For more information, please see the Global Poverty and Practice minor website.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

The minor is organized around three core and two elective course requirements, in addition to the practice experience that is comprised of a field experience and a reflection course. The requirements must be completed in the following sequence:

GPP 115Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes4
GPP 105The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice4
Global and Area Studies elective 1
Sectors and Methods elective 1
Practice Experience (see below)
Capstone Reflection course:
Select one of the following:
Global Poverty and Practice Capstone Course [3]
Thesis seminar

Practice Experience

An individualized practice experience is the signature element of the minor, providing an opportunity for students to connect the theories and practices of poverty action. Students partner with domestic or international non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs, on various dimensions of poverty action – from community health and sustainable technologies to education and economic justice. The minimum time expected for the practice experience is 240 hours in the field over the course of at least 6 weeks.  Students in the minor have completed practice experiences in over 70 different countries.

Plan of Study

Sample Plans of Study

Below are three possible academic plans for completing the GPP Minor, but there are many other potential timelines for completing the minor.  Students are encouraged to speak with a GPP adviser to discuss a plan that best works for you.

Sample Plan 1
Fall 2020
GPP 115Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes4
Spring 2021
GPP 105The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice4
Global and Area Studies Elective
Summer 2021
Practice Experience
Fall 2021
GPP 196Global Poverty and Practice Capstone Course3
Sectors and Methods Elective
Sample Plan 2
Fall 2020
GPP 115Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes4
GPP 105The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice4
Global and Area Studies Elective
Begin Practice Experience
Spring 2021
GPP 196Global Poverty and Practice Capstone Course3
Complete Practice Experience
Sectors and Methods Elective
Sample Plan 3
Summer 2020
GPP 115Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes4
Fall 2020
GPP 105The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice4
Sectors and Methods Elective
Begin Practice Experience
Spring 2021
GPP 196Global Poverty and Practice Capstone Course3
Global and Area Studies Elective
Complete Practice Experience

Advising

GPP staff advisors and peer advisors are available to meet with students to discuss any questions they have regarding the GPP Minor.

The GPP peer advisors are undergraduate students who have completed a majority of the requirements for the GPP Minor, including the Practice Experience. They are a great resource for seeking information about what the minor entails, selecting a practice experience, course planning, and much more.

The department encourages prospective students to meet with a GPP advisor before applying to declare the minor. Students declared in the minor should check in regularly with the advisors for guidance on ensuring regular progress towards completing the minor.

Advising Hours

Drop-in advising hours during the fall and spring semesters are held in 100H Blum Hall at the following times:
Monday and Wednesday, 10 - 12:00 pm and 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday,  1:30 - 4:00 pm
Friday, 10 - 12:00pm

Advising during the summer term is by appointment only. Please email gppminor@berkeley.edu to set up an appointment.

Academic Opportunities

Practice Experience Fellowship Funding

Students who have declared the GPP minor are eligible to apply for a Global Poverty and Practice Fellowship which provides financial support for students’ US and international practice experiences. Further details can be found on the program's website.

Mentorship Program

The GPP Minor Mentorship Program matches students who are preparing to complete their minor practice experience with students who have completed a practice experience in a similar area or sector.  Mentees receive guidance on how to best prepare for and make the most of their experience, travel safety and health guidance, and much more!

Courses

Global Poverty and Practice

Please visit http://blumcenter.berkeley.edu/academics/gpp/requirements/ for an up to date listing of courses for the GPP Minor.

Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Alice M. Agogino, Faculty Director, Blum Center for Developing Economies. New product development, computer-aided design and databases, theory and methods, intelligent learning systems, information retrieval and data mining, digital libraries, multiobjective and strategic product, nonlinear optimization, probabilistic modeling, supervisory.
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+ Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor. Climate change, econometrics, air pollution, environmental economics, energy economics.
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J. Bradford Delong, Professor. Economics, globalization, economic growth, convergence, economics of post WWII Europe.

Ashok Gadgil, Professor. Fuel-efficient stoves, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, developing countries, drinking water, buildings energy efficiency .
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development, Gender, water and sanitation, technology and development, social science research methods .
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Robert Reich, Professor. Industrial Policy, Labor and Employment, Leadership and Management, Politics, Poverty, Inequality, Leadership and Social Change, Macroeconomic Policy, Social and Economic Policy.
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S. Shankar Sastry, Professor. Computer science, robotics, arial robots, cybersecurity, cyber defense, homeland defense, nonholonomic systems, control of hybrid systems, sensor networks, interactive visualization, robotic telesurgery, rapid prototyping.
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Nora Silver, Adjunct Professor.

+ Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Professor. High-technology competition, US industrial and technology policies, international economy, US trade policy, US competitiveness, emerging market economies, multinational companies in the US economy, gender gap (economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment and health), research and development tax credit.
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Lecturers

Fatmir Haskaj, Lecturer. Political economy, development, critical theory and urban studies.

+ Khalid Kadir, Lecturer. Pathogen removal in natural water and wastewater treatment systems, water and sanitation in developing countries, role of experts in poverty action and development, political economy, engineering pedagogy for social justice .
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Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Lecturer. Racial justice and decolonization, poverty alleviation, reparations, education, the arts, and social justice activism .
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Clare Talwalker, Lecturer. Global Studies, Global Poverty and Practice, Political Economy, South Asia.
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Contact Information

Global Poverty & Practice Minor

100 Blum Hall

Phone: 510-643-5316

blumcenter@berkeley.edu

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Faculty Director

Alice Agogino, PhD

Phone: 510-666-3704

agogino@berkeley.edu

Director of Student Programs, Lead Minor Advisor

Chetan Chowdhry

Phone: 510-664-4423

cchowdhry@berkeley.edu

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