The course deals with questions of poverty and disadvantage both in the developed and the developing world. After discussing various definitions of poverty and their pros and cons we shall focus on political and moral aspects of poverty and the policy aimed at reducing poverty. We shall learn about the capabilities theory as developed by Amartya Sen and later by Wolff and de Shalit.
The course is taught by Prof. Avner De-Shalit
Avner de-Shalit is Professor of Democracy and Human Rights and the formar Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Avner was also an associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Environment, Ethics and Society between 1995 and 2004. Avner's fields of research and teaching are equality, democracy and human rights, environmental politics and environmental political theory. He is author of "Why Posterity Matters" (London, Routledge, 1995), The Environment: Between Theory and Practice (Oxford, Oxford University Press, March 2000) and co-author, with Jonathan Wolff, of "Disadvantage" (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2007)