October 27, 2020

Teaching Materials

1. Covid–19 and International Relations: 5 key learnings

In this London School of Economics (LSE) video, Dr Clare Wenham presents 5 key contributions to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, and how they could support pandemic response going forward. What are they? Why can identifying them be useful? 

2. Poverty: basic facts

Watch this video report by The Economist, write answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the World Bank's definition of someone living in extreme poverty?

  2. What is the main reason for the decrease in the number of people living in extreme poverty in India and China?

  3. The percentage of poor people in sub–Saharan Africa is falling, but the total number is increasing. Why? 

  4. What are the main obstacles to decreasing poverty in sub–Saharan urban centers?

  5. Are the absolute rates of extreme poverty falling or rising?    

3. China: Uphill Struggle Fighting Poverty

Watch the video. It should not be difficult to understand. Then study the following charts. They are based on official Chinese authorities' data. 

Read this standard Reuters article.  Re-read it, write a summary of not less than 50 but not more than 100 words as fast as possible. When you are finished, send it to me immediately via Skype, please.

4. Fighting Poverty the Borgen Project  Way 

Watch the Borgen Project Video. Then find out more about this non-profit organization at its website https://borgenproject.org/, or look up some more information on the internet. Try to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the Borgen Project?

  2. Who are the people working for the Borgen Project?

  3. How do they help to eradicate poverty?

Read this blog from the Borgen Project website. What were the key factors that helped South Korea eradicate poverty? 

5. The Topic for this  week's Essay

Can poverty be eradicated?  If yes, how? What do you think and why? 

It is entirely on you how you answer these questions. Just one of the possible approaches might be: think globally but look around locally. Do you know/see any really poor people in the area where you live? Perhaps homeless people? Why are they poor and could they be realistically helped? If yes: how? If not: why not?