3 Units

This course aims to examine the poverty and social exclusion problems from both a local and a global context. Theories of human capital, social capital, social exclusion, and globalization will be introduced to understand the causes and impacts of poverty and social exclusion. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to apply relevant theories in the analysis and practice to alleviate the poverty and social exclusion situations of different vulnerable populations, for example welfare recipients, women, working poor and ethnic minorities. Recent trends and issues on poverty and poverty alleviation will be discussed in the social context of Hong Kong and the changing regional and global environment.