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GLOPP - Globalisation and Livelihood Options of People living in Poverty

GLOPP - Globalisation and Livelihood Options of People living in Poverty

Our aims are to…
•   sensitise to the living conditions of poor people
•   elaborate/discuss theories and methods
•   provide opportunities to network

Our target groups are...
•   students of geography, sociology, urban and development studies
•   professionals in poverty related fields

Our methodology ...
•   is blended learning
•   follows Gagné’s “nine steps of instruction”
•   complements theory/readings with exercises/self-tests
•   introduces to data collection and analysis

Product Type: Course/Learning/Teaching Scenario
Discipline: Social Sciences, Social Work
Topics: Poverty, Livelihoods, Development, Social Change, Globalisation, Sustainability, Migration, Vulnerability
Benefit: Students get a deeper understanding of development and globalisation processes, the reasons for poverty and possibilities to alleviate poverty. Lecturers spend more time for discussions instead of introducing basics. Courses are more focused and students can choose their own pace of learning.
They are better activated through practical tasks, which also improve their technical and collaborative skills.
Case studies bring students closer to actual research questions, methodologies and settings.
Languages: English
Contact: Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker, University of Zurich, Department of Geography,

Project partner:
Prof. Dr. Hans Hurni, Department of Geography, University of Berne,

Project partner:
Prof. Dr. Vincent Kaufmann, Laboratory of Urban Sociology, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,

PD Dr. Norman Backhaus, University of Zurich, Department of Geography,

Olivier Ejderyan, University of Zurich, Department of Geography,

Rico Tuor, University of Zurich, Department of Geography,

Dr. Karl Herweg, University of Berne, CDE,

Sylvia Loercher, University of Berne, CDE,

Dr. Yves Pedrazzini, EPFL, LaSUR,

Dr. Adriana Rabinovich Behrend, EPFL, LaSUR,

Dshamila Toscani, EPFL, LaSUR,

(Karin Holdener, University of Berne, CDE
Dr. Gabriela Tejada, University of Zurich, Department of Geography)

Norman Backhaus,

Technical Contact:
Petra Kauer-Ott, University of Zurich, Department of Geography,
Online Resources:
Last Update: February 2008
Demo Version: OLAT (guest access): (GLOPP Prototype)
Users & References:

Different lecturers of the Department of Geography (University of Zurich) and the EPFL (LaSUR) have already implemented GLOPP lessons into their courses. CDE (University of Berne) will follow this year.


Feedbacks of students:

  • successfull variety
  • interesting problems
  • exercises stimulated discussions
  • well animated learning interface
  • individual workflow and time management
  • up-to-date, handy
Testimonials of lecturers:

"Students who have used GLOPP lessons performed better in exams than others. Content presented in E-Learning lessons is better memorized by the students.”

Learning Mode: Blended learning

LMS: OLAT & Moodle

Lessons as IMS Content Packages

Content realized in XML (eLML framework, CVS repository), output format HTML

Photographs/graphics (.jpg, .gif, .png)

Flash animations/simulations/exercises (.swf)

Movies (.mp4, .wmv, .mov, .vm)

Documents (.pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pps)

Wikis (as part of the LMS)

Teaching Scenario:




guided self-study

individual self-study

Teaching Scenario (extended description):

Prerequisites depend on lesson(s). Some lessons introduce to the basics while others deal with more advanced content.

1 ECTS per 6 lessons (totally 18 lessons).

About 5 hours work per lesson.


The main objectives of the course are that students

·   can grasp and criticise a complex theoretical framework,

·   are able to apply correctly analytical and methodological instruments to assess poverty, vulnerability, assets etc. of poor people,

·   practice mutual learning in relation to current tasks in research,

·   are qualified to appraise instruments of mitigation of poverty, vulnerability and marginality.


Students following the course should be able to

·   identify factors that enable and constrain the opportunities for poor people to secure their livelihoods

·   recognize interrelations between different factors and identify the most relevant influencing circumstances, specifically institutions and their links to globalisation

·   develop and assess positive patterns of change that help to mitigate negative patterns.

Property Rights:

Will be creative commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Switzerland License (some rights reserved by external copyright owners)

Use of content is free of charge for Swiss educational institutions; fees for administration and support; fees may be applied for foreign and non-educational institutions.

Customizing Services:

May be offered for educational institutions; depending on time and effort some fees may be applied.

Technical Requirements:

·   internet connection with at least 56KB

·   current browser  (best Firefox; do not use Internet Explorer on Mac!)

·   Flash Player Plugin (at least version 8 for .swf format)

·   PDF Reader (for .pdf format, e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Depending on lesson additionally:

·   Quick Time Player (video and audio formats)

·   Real Player Plugin (video and audio formats)

·   .doc or .rtf Reader (e.g. Microsoft Word or OpenOffice)

·   .xls Reader (Excel, OpenOffice etc.)

·   ev. Microsoft Powerpoint for .pps or .ppt formats



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