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ZUG3057 - Poverty alleviation strategies

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • Second Semester 2021 (Day)

15 Credits


  While community project development skills can be utilised to improve conditions for communities, poverty is a pervasive condition that impedes the progress and development of many communities in South Africa and Africa. It is critical for child and youth care workers to obtain specialised knowledge on how to approach the problem of poverty, because of the negative effect it can have on childhood development. Students will become knowledgeable about poverty alleviation strategies and social enterprise development.


  • Define poverty within a social development context
  • Discuss likely causes of prevailing poverty
  • Describe the effect of poverty on childhood development
  • Critically discuss anti-poverty strategies in South Africa
  • Illustrate understanding of sustainable development
  • Explain the concepts and techniques for enterprise development
  • Report on an effective poverty alleviation project from a site visit or extensive online search.


Within semester/Formative assessment: 70%
Examination/Summative assessment: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.