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Selected syllabi from a variety of universities:
Lots of course syllabi and reading lists from the National Poverty Center. Examples of class syllabi: Poverty, Policy, and Inequality; Social Welfare Policy.
Course: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Taught by Prof. Keith Bender. This course explores how the discipline of economics can explain and analyze the causes and effects of poverty and discrimination on various parts of the population.  Students will be introduced to economic theories of poverty and discrimination, ways to measure each (and the problems associated with these measures), and a description of the success and failures of public policies designed to curtail discrimination in the US.
Course: African Poverty and Western Aid, Yale University. Taught by Chris Blattman. Why is Africa poor? What, if anything, can the West do about it? No course can answer these questions in full, but one can get started on the (hopefully lifelong) learning. Students will be exposed to the major and the notso-major debates in aid and development. They will discuss the conventional and less conventional theories of poverty, growth, war, and good governance, and why there is so much or so little of it in Africa. The aim is to help students think critically about these debates and their possible role in the problem and solutions.
Course: Global Poverty: Causes, Consequences and Cures, Sinclair Community College. Taught by Dr. Katherine R. Rowell. This course focuses on the issue of global poverty. It specifically examines the problem of absolute poverty experienced by many people currently living in third world or developing nations. This course specifically examines three areas of global poverty from an interdisciplinary perspective including readings from history, sociology, literature, economics, and geography.
Course: Global Poverty, Rutgers University, taught by Dr. Gabriella Y. Carolini. This class will challenge students to understand global poverty beyond other-ness. Students will be asked to complicate their comprehension of how poverty is construed, created, sustained, and fought, using international comparisons to give texture to otherwise abstract notions of poverty.

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