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Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality
Have baby boomers had it all? Can we create a fair deal for everyone? Find out
From religious leaders to heads of state, everyone is talking about economic inequality. But what form does this take in different countries? What impact does it have on society? And why does it matter to you?
This online course will explore these growing concerns about wealth and income inequality.
You’ll scrutinise claims that the baby boomer generation has had it all, while social and political changes have left younger generations struggling.
You’ll examine the causes and implications of growing economic inequalities and what individuals, communities and governments can do about them.
- What is meant by ‘inequality’ and how it is measured.
- Comparisons of inequality across countries, different groups of people and generations.
- Why inequality matters.
- Controversies around inequality.
- The causes, consequences, nature and impact of inequality, particularly with regard to housing and pensions.
- The implications of inequality for individual financial planning for home ownership and retirement saving.
- Potential actions that individuals, communities and wider society can take to reduce inequality.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
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.
- Explain the impact that government policies may have on inequality.
- Discuss the interplay between individuals, communities and the state in addressing inequalities.
- Demonstrate and understand some of the implications of inequality for individuals, society and the wider economy.
- Apply some personal financial planning techniques, particularly with regard to pensions and housing.
Who is the course for?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of economics and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in social issues.
Who developed the course?
As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.
LocationMilton Keynes, UK
World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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