|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (6 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
Expenses for Special Courses
A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
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.
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
- videos, short documentaries and commentaries
- moot court / group work
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).
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.
A. George Forji, email@example.com
You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.
With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer Schoool or the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.