‘Poverty’ refers to involuntary deprivation of basic human needs. Politics refers to power relations, including but not those limited to the functioning of states. ‘Aid’ is a buzzword used to describe various kinds of assistance to the poor or needy. This course examines the nature and significance of poverty and of the complex relation between poverty, politics, and aid. It examines different conceptualizations and theorizations of poverty and investigates the empirics of poverty, politics, and aid in East Asia and other global settings. It offers students the opportunity to master core concepts and to use evidence and reasoning to assess the adequacy of different theorizations of poverty in its relation to politics and aid.