Global Poverty and Practice

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Global Poverty and Practice (GPP) program is an undergraduate minor, administered by the The Blum Center for Developing Economies.

The GPP Minor gives students an opportunity to examine contemporary forms of poverty, wealth, and inequality through academic course work and practical experience. The program trains students to critically and historically engage with complex issues of poverty and inequality, equipping them with methodologies and skills of engagement, and encouraging the reflexivity necessary for meaningful practice. Central to the minor is a fieldwork opportunity in which students connect theories and practices of poverty action through partnering with nongovernmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs in California and around the world.

Students graduating with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the following:

  1. Scholarly approaches to understanding poverty, wealth, and inequality in a historical and global context.
  2. Knowledge of international development and domestic poverty alleviation policies, programs, institutions, and social movements.
  3. An ability to critically engage in public debates about poverty and poverty action through written texts, as well as through the use of social, digital, and visual media.
  4.  Knowledge of the history and contemporary politics of poverty and inequality in a particular place or world region, in preparation for the practice requirement of the minor.
  5. Analytical and practical skills gained through the practice experience in a particular sector of poverty action (e.g., agricultural and rural development, urban poverty, public health, human rights, legal systems, education, energy resources, and sustainable technology), at various scales (e.g., community, global) and in various forms (e.g., government policy, social movements).
  6. An understanding of different modalities and relations of power involved in poverty action, developed through historically informed analytical skills, the practice experience, and critical reflection.

Undergraduate Program

Global Poverty and Practice: Minor

Graduate Program

There is no graduate program in Global Poverty and Practice

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Courses

Global Poverty and Practice

GPP 105 The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice 4 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course is limited to declared Global Poverty and Practice minors. It is intended to provide Global Poverty and Practice minor students with the necessary background and knowledge to undertake projects and work experience of a global scope. Students will be exposed to a diversity of methodological frameworks, introduced to the basic skills needed to effectively participate in organizations
, and to understand the ethics of global service and practice. Students will be required to complete a literature review and a major project proposal.
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GPP 115 Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes in the New Millennium 4 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This class seeks to provide a rigorous understanding of 20th century development and thus 21st century poverty alleviation. Students will take a look at popular ideas of poverty alleviation, the institutional framework of poverty ideas and practices, and the social and political mobilizations that seek to transform the structures of poverty.

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GPP 140 Special Topics in Global Poverty and Practice 2 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2016
A short course designed to accommodate changing topics that explore issues and problems related to the goals of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor program. The topics often reflect the research interests of the instructor and supplement regular curricular offerings. Topics change each semester. Specific descriptions of current offerings are available through the department.

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GPP 150 Special Topics in Global Poverty and Practice 4 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Changing topics that explore issues and problems related to the goals of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor program. The topics often reflect the research interests of the instructor and supplement regular curricular offerings. Topics change each semester. Specific descriptions of current offerings are available through the department.

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GPP 150AC Special Topics in Global Poverty and Practice (American Cultures) 4 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2015
Changing topics that explore issues and problems related to the goals of the Global Poverty and Practice Minor program. The topics often reflect the research interests of the instructor and supplement regular curricular offerings. Topics change each semester. Specific descriptions of current offerings are available through the department.

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GPP 196 Global Poverty and Practice Capstone Course 3 Units

Offered through: International and Area Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This course is intended to provide students with a forum for reflection on the Practice Experience component of the Global Poverty and Practice minor. Lessons learned in the minor will be applied to the realm of public discourse through various forms of public scholarship. Issues of power and privilege, civic engagement, and tensions between tourism vs. travel and community service vs. engagement
will be addressed. Students will also explore academic and professional post-graduation options.
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Faculty and Instructors

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

Faculty

Alice M. Agogino, Professor. New product development, computer-aided design & databases, theory & methods, intelligent learning systems, information retrieval & data mining, digital libraries, multiobjective & 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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Jenna Burrell, Associate Professor.

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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Aihwa Ong, Professor. Cultural anthropology, anthropology, transnationalism, citizenship, global cities, migration, Southeast Asia, urbanism.
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development; Gender, water and sanitation; technology and development.
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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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Arthur L. Reingold, Professor. Public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, biostatistics.
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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.

Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Lecturer.

Clare Talwalker, Lecturer. Qualitative methods, global poverty action, human rights, South Asia and economic anthropology.

Contact Information

Global Poverty & Practice Minor

100 Blum Hall

Phone: 510-643-5316

blumcenter@berkeley.edu

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Interim Director

Clare Talwalker, PhD (International & Area Studies)

Phone: 510-642-1289

ctalwalker@berkeley.edu

Director of Student Programs, Lead Adviser

Chetan Chowdhry

Phone: 510-664-4423

cchowdhry@berkeley.edu

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