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About the GLOPP Project

The GLOPP team with its about 30 members has developed an e-course containing 17 lessons/blocks, that can be used as single lessons or be combined depending on course subjects.

Each lesson/block needs about 5 learning hours - the whole course about 90 hours (an equivalent of 3 credit points).

GLOPP was developed between 2006 and 2008. The e-course will be updated regularly and if possible, further lessons/blocks will be added.

GLOPP project website

Partners, Authors and Technical Staff

Project Partners

  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Müller-Böker, Department of Geography, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Hurni, Department of Geography, University of Berne
  • Prof. Dr. Vincent Kaufmann, Laboratory of Urban Sociology, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO), E-Learning Section (Turin)


  • UZH: U. Müller-Böker, N. Backhaus, O. Ejderyan, R. Tuor, U. Geiser, B. Steimann, S. Thieme, G. Tejada
  • UNIBE: K. Herweg, U. Wiesmann, K. Holdener, S. Loercher
  • EPFL: Y. Pedrazzini, A. Rabinovich, D. Toscani

Technical Staff

  • Technical coordination/Graphics/XML: P. Kauer-Ott
  • XML Schema eLML/XSLT/CSS/CVS: J. Fisler, A. Locher, T. Roth, M. Ziege
  • Flash/Animations: M. Ruppen, P. McNamara, P. Kauer-Ott
  • Screen Design: T. Kosterman, M. Steinmann
  • Proof reading: S. Pare

U. Müller-Böker, UZH
H. Hurni, UNIBE
V. Kaufmann, EPFL
ILO Training Centre

Aims and Background

Our aims are to ...

  • sensitise students to the living conditions of poor people
  • let students learn about the complexity of poverty
  • elaborate on and discuss theoretical approaches
  • introduce various research methods
  • provide opportunities to network

Our target groups are ...

  • Bachelor and Master students of geography, sociology, urban and development studies
  • professionals in poverty related fields
  • students of partner universities in the South

Our methodology ...

  • is blended learning with face to face inputs, feedback and discussions
  • follows Gagné's "nine steps of instruction"
  • comlements theory and readings with exercises and self-tests
  • introduces to data collection and analysis in the social sciences

Topics and Questions

The following topics and questions are discussed in the GLOPP course:

Development and Globalisation

  • What is the relationship between development research and practice?
  • How do indicators frame development debates?
  • How does globalisation affect people's lives?
  • How is sustainability achieved in urban and rural contexts?

Livelihoods and Actor Orientation

  • What is a livelihood perspective?
  • How do individuals perceive and act upon poverty?
  • How do the surrounding conditions affect people's capabilities to achieve well_being?
  • How are institutional settings and individual actions related?

Inequality and Change

  • How can we measure inequalities?
  • How do poverty situations change?
  • What are the gendered aspects of poverty?
  • Why do poor people migrate?
  • What impact does violence have on peoples livelihoods?

The GLOPP project was also supported by different services of the leading house (University of Zurich):

  • eLearning coordination Geoscience (eLearning@GeoWiss)
  • E-Learning Center (ELC)
  • Multimedia and E-Learning Services (MELS)
  • Online Learning And Training (OLAT)


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