Inequality, Poverty and Globalization

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Inequality, Poverty and Globalization

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Inequality defines the world we live in. At the turn of the 21st century, the richest five percent of people received one-third of total global income, the next 15 percent richer got another third while the poorest 80 percent of the population had to share the remaining third. In this course we will study the development of international and global inequality, inequality within nations, gender inequality and poverty in the long run. The main questions that the student will be able to discuss are: has inequality increased over time?, does globalisation make the world more unequal?, what policies have been implemented in order to reduce inequality and how effective have they been?, and why should we care about poverty?



         - Fluent in English



    International and global inequality
         1. Concepts of inequality: international and global inequality
         2. Development in the 20th century
         3. Factors explaining international inequality
         4. Poverty in Rich Countries. Poverty in poor countries

    Does globalisation make the world more unequal?
         5. Did growth breed inequality or did inequality breed growth?
         6. Origins of the big divergence between countries
         7. Trade and inequality
         8. The role of migration

    In depth study of the relation between inequality and
         9. Welfare State


Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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