Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality Free Online Course by Open University

Open University

The Open University is offering free online course on Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality. The course does not assume any prior knowledge of economics and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in social issues.

This free online course will explore the growing concerns surrounding rising inequality in income and wealth in developed countries. The course will start on September 25, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality
Institution: The Open University and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on September 25, 2017

Providers’ Details

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.

Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 220,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas. The Open University is rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

About This Course

This free online course will explore the growing concerns surrounding rising inequality in income and wealth in developed countries. You’ll scrutinize claims that the baby boomer generation has had it all, in terms of pension deals and affordable houses, while social and political changes have left younger generations struggling to find security for their accommodation and retirement income.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Apply and make use of evidence to discuss the nature and existence of economic inequality.
  • Demonstrate and understand some of the implications of inequality for individuals, society and the wider economy.
  • Explain the impact that government policies may have on inequality.
  • Apply some personal financial planning techniques, particularly with regard to pensions and housing.
  • Discuss the interplay between individuals, communities and the state in addressing inequalities.

Requirements

The course does not assume any prior knowledge of economics and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in social issues.

Instructors

Jerome De Henau

Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Open University, working on impacts of public policy across various welfare regimes on gender and social inequalities and personal finance within households.

Jonquil Lowe

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Personal Finance, The Open University. Also a freelance personal finance researcher, working with many UK consumer-facing organisations and author of over 25 books.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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