CCGL9005 Global Issues

Poverty, Development, and the Next Generation: Challenges for a Global World


Non-Permissible Combination:
CCGL9025 The Political Economy of Growth and Poverty in the World

Course Description

This course examines the ways in which poverty and development affect the lives of people around the world, with a special focus on the lives of young people. What are the challenges faced by young people living in poverty? What actions can individuals and organizations take to help young people better meet these challenges? We examine these questions in the context of current debates over international development as well as case studies of organizations involved in the fight against poverty.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze the concepts of poverty and development and how they are used in various contexts.
  2. Examine the strategies used by individuals and organizations, including nations, multilateral agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals, to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development.
  3. Reflect on ways to reduce poverty and promote development, by assessing cases of poverty internationally and in Hong Kong.

Offer Semester and Day of Teaching

First semester (Wed)


Study Load

Activities Number of hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 8
Out of class experiences 10
Reading / Self-study 48
Assessment: Group presentation (incl preparation) 20
Assessment: Mini project 10
Total: 120

Assessment: 100% coursework

Assessment Tasks Weighting
Class assignments 40
Reflective writing 15
Mini project 15
Group presentation 30

Required Reading

  • Goodstadt, L. (2013). Poverty in the midst of affluence: How Hong Kong mismanaged its prosperity. Hong Kong: HKU Press.
  • Kristof, N., & WuDunn, S. (2009). Half the sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide. New York: Knopf.
  • Wood, J. (2013). Creating room to read: A story of hope in the battle for global literacy. New York: Viking.

Recommended Reading

  • Arrillaga-Andreessen, L. (2012). Giving 2.0: Transform your giving and our world. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Banerjee, A. V., & Duflo, E. (2011). Poor economics: A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty. New York: PublicAffairs.
  • Bornstein, D. (2007). How to change the world. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bornstein, D., & Davis, S. (2010). Social entrepreneurship: What everyone needs to know. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Brautigam, D. (2009). The dragon’s gift: The real story of China in Africa. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Cain, K., Postlewait, H., & Thomson, A. (2004). Emergency sex and other desperate measures: A true story from hell on earth. Miramax.
  • Collier, P. (2007). The bottom billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Collins, D. (2009). Portfolios of the poor: How the world’s poor live on. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Easterly, W. (2006). The white man’s burden: Why the West’s efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good. New York: Penguin Press.
  • Karlan, D., & Appel, J. (2011). More than good intentions: How a new economics is helping to solve global poverty. New York: Dutton.
  • Postiglione, G. A. (2009). Dislocated education: The case of Tibet. Comparative Education Review, 3(4), 483-512.
  • Postiglione, G. A., Jiao, B., & Goldstein, M. (2011). Education in the Tibetan autonomous region: Policies and practices in rural and nomadic communities. In J. Ryan (Ed.), Education reform in China. London: Routledge.
  • Sachs, J. (2005). The end of poverty: Economic possibilities for our time. New York: Penguin Press.
  • Sen, A. (2001). Development as freedom. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.
  • UNESCO. (2011). EFA Global Monitoring Reports. Paris: UNECO. From http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/reports/ [Executive summaries]
  • Wood, J. (2006). Leaving Microsoft to change the world: An entrepreneur’s odyssey to educate the world’s children. New York: Collins.
  • Yunus, M., & Weber, K. (2007). Creating a world without poverty: Social business and the future of capitalism. New York: Public Affairs.

Recommended Websites


Course Co-ordinator and Teacher(s)

Course Co-ordinator Contact
Dr H. Horta
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Education
Tel: 2859 2525
Email: horta@hku.hk
Teacher(s) Contact
Dr H. Horta
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education, Faculty of Education
Tel: 2859 2525
Email: horta@hku.hk