Postgraduate Course

Universalizing Socioeconomic Security for the Poor (USSC)

5-week postgraduate short course

The Universalizing Socioeconomic Security for the Poor (USSC) programme imparts knowledge and skill-enhancing training on issues relating to the universalization of socioeconomic security for the poor and socially excluded. Students link theory and practice by applying what they learn to the challenges they face in their own work.

The course focuses on socioeconomic insecurity and the underlying issues of poverty, vulnerability, and social exclusion. It explores the causes behind insecurity, its many faces, as well as the strategies and policies employed by states and civil society to address them. It also deals with social and economic policies that alleviate insecurity, and critically examines the currently dominant residual and targeted approaches to social security.

USSC explores the concept of socioeconomic insecurity and its causes, as well as different approaches and options for intervention, using a diverse range of cases and the students' own experiences as illustrations.

The programme provides a conceptual framework for policy analysis to address the challenges faced in universalizing socioeconomic security. Students acquire skills in problem identification, policy analysis and programme conceptualization and design.

Target Group

USSC is geared to young and mid-career development researchers, practitioners and activists in NGOs, international development organizations and government agencies involved in social provision and protection and poverty alleviation. Find out more about the ISS student body