Courses on Poverty and Inequality

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Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Humanities at Rice University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation, designed and taught two courses within the Wikipedia Education Program.

  • Poverty, Justice, Human Capabilities "provides an introduction to the study of poverty, justice, and capabilities. The course considers theory and policy oriented towards improving human well-being in the US and internationally. Readings address material deprivations and inequalities, including links to racial and ethnic disparities, gender, sexual orientation, health status, education, human rights, and political freedoms."
  • Poverty, Gender, and Human Development, offered by Diana Strassmann and Anne Chao, "explores the gender dimensions of poverty and development policies in local and global communities. Drawing from feminist economics research, the course considers how gender relations and the organization of domestic and market work influence gender equality."


Dr. Clare Battista, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, offers an upper-division economics course on the Economics of Poverty, Discrimination, and Immigration. The course is US based with a focus on integration: integrating knowledge across disciplines, integrating real world and theoretical knowledge, and building on foundational knowledge from economics principles courses. As Dr. Battista reports,

I abandoned a textbook for this course several years ago to keep it current, and now rely mostly on articles, videos, TED talks, etc. This keeps the cost low and students are also much more engaged because they feel like they are learning a lot about the real world as well as economics. The instruction is also flipped or what I refer to as a managed flip. I organize the course into 5 modules since I teach in 10 week quarters...As I move toward active and flipped instruction, I find I am much more cognizant of what it is I want students to learn or take away. Thus, I have converted many of my assignments to learning objectives for the module or lecture. (personal correspondence)

Check out Dr. Battista's pages on Div.E.Q.



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