Poverty is one of the most complex and pressing issues of our time. This course offers an introduction to the study of poverty, inequality, and social justice, both in the US and globally, with the goal of preparing students to think critically about the subject.

The study of poverty and inequality is approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, diving into questions such as “What is poverty? What causes and maintains poverty? How are poverty and inequality alleviated?” and covering topics related to poverty such as education, health, environment, disaster, gender, and technology.

This 4-unit 10-week course (formerly PP&D 115) is entirely online and available to all UC undergraduates. Enrollment space is limited.

UC Irvine Undergraduates:
Search course code 53120 in the Spring 2022 UCI Schedule of Classes.

Undergraduates at other UC campuses:
Scheduled to be offered in Spring 2022. Visit the Cross-Campus Enrollment website for more information.


“I thought that this class would be really difficult as it was an online class but really, this class is made for you to learn and to enjoy learning… It was one of the first classes at UCI that I really enjoyed and it helped reignite my passion for poverty alleviation. Despite it being online, this class was one of the most engaging classes I’ve had with the discussion posts giving me a chance to hear the stories of my peers as well as the online discussions where we could ask our own poverty related questions to professionals within the field.”