Never underestimate the power of students

Mikko Perkiö, University instructor, responsible teacher at the course

Powerful learning should mix the roles of students and teachers. This came evident at a course on Global Poverty, the latest course organized by the Program for Global Health and Development (GHD). 24 students from 7 different UTA schools completed the course. Students were active in commenting each other’s work along the course. This took thinking forward and made a great contribution to learning achievements. To complete this multidisciplinary course, local and international students alike had to write 2000-word essays. See below the list of essay topics.

The students were expected to be active and use their imagination in academic debate with fellow students and teachers throughout the course. Fast learning was possible when most course elements – be they live or virtual – were enjoyable and included some fun, no matter these tackle burning issues of the world’s poorest countries. The first half of the course aimed each student to find a personally motivating angle to write an essay on global poverty.

The second half of the course consisted of process writing of an essay on a freely chosen topic. Every student participated in two 3-hour live seminars that supported each one’s writing process. The results of the process writing are visible below. Furthermore, we will publish four blog posts based on the best essays at this blog site in weekly intervals. Never underestimate the capacity of students to teach themselves or their fellow students!

Authors and titles of the essays on global poverty

Last Name First Name Title of the essay School
Islam Zahedul Reducing poverty by microfinance banking BMT
Paulamäki Lauri Is the solution for the lifting developing world into prosperity in the assets? BMT
Virtanen Henri Innovative development finance – Using global financial system as a tool to redirect money for developmental aid BMT
Kinyaduka Bryson Role of formal education in reducing micro level income poverty in low-income countries:  Drawing experience from sample studies EDU
Adam Adam Increasing obesity epidemic in Somalia? HES
Heikkilä Matias Different forms of basic income JKK
Honkonen Tanja Multiple definitions of poverty JKK
Jonouchi Dai The relation between economic level and Multidimensional Poverty Index JKK
Kivisalo Kalle The increasing population and the reduction of poverty JKK
Lehtinen Vilma-Lotta Fighting for women:  NGO propositions aiming to eradicate causes exposing  women to sex trafficking and violence in Central America JKK
Malkamäki Katariina The interrelation between climate change and poverty, How can nature be used in a sustainable way to overcome poverty? JKK
Musabbir Dewan Is capitalism the problem in Bangladesh? The Rana Plaza collapse JKK
Tervo Anni Taxation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Building Sustainable Fiscal Politics JKK
Toivanen Milla Dynamics of conflicts and poverty JKK
Tuominen Senni Missing girls in India – why economic progress is not a solution? JKK
Vierinkari Johanna Cash transfer as a form of social policy in developing countries JKK
Peltola Sofia How does poverty hinder education in Mexico? LTL
Aaltola Maria Successful practices in volunteer development MED
Hiltunen Jenni Improving maternal health MED
Miettinen Juho Pouring assets into the sea: obsolescence in the phosphorus economy MED
Yonga Jean-Jacques The effect of poverty in child mortality in developing countries MED
Kiviluoto Henna The economic growth as solution to poverty is in question YKY
Kukkohovi Hanna-Maija Localization against globalization. Global well-being and sustainability by self-sufficiency YKY
Paakkinen Karoliina The human development and the economy of Cuba YKY