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Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Research, Policy and Management for Social Transformations

Find out how to promote informed policies towards equity and social transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

2,450 enrolled on this course

Las caras de la diversidad, las caras de la desigualdad
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Use strategies to fight against social issues

Latin America and the Caribbean is both the most unequal and the most violent region in the world, which is a constant concern for their governments. Faced with this challenge, a fluid dialogue between social research and public policy is essential.

This course addresses the current regional landscape of inequalities, its links with violence and democracy, and offers transformative strategies to improve social policies and public management.

Also available in Spanish: Desigualdades en América Latina y el Caribe.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Knowledge, policy and management
    • What do we do with what we know and with what we don’t know? • Do we know in depth the inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean? • What knowledge are we producing and where is it? • What knowledge are the political decision-makers requiring and what do they use it for?
  • The dimensions of inequalities
    • Have the questions changed in the 21st century? • What is inequality? • Why are we the most unequal region in the world, and the most violent? • Is fighting poverty enough to reduce inequality? • Sustainable development and inequality, is it possible?
  • Knowledge-management for policies
    • Sources, means and strategies to face inequalities
  • Transformative paths against inequalities
    • Towards new knowledge and public action architectures

Learning on this course

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...

  • Explore the link between research and public policies against inequalities and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Identify policy tools and strategies against inequalities and violence in the region.
  • Explore the relationship between inequalities, violence and democracy in the region.
  • Promote exchange networks to address inequalities, violence and democracy in the region, as a contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at a wide public engaged in social debate and in public action in Latin America and the Caribbean. It may be of particular interest to policy-makers, civil servants, researchers, students, social and industrial action leaders, opinion-makers, activists, and journalists.

El curso también está disponible en español: Desigualdades en América Latina y el Caribe: Investigación, Políticas y Gestión para las Transformaciones Sociales.

Who will you learn with?

Coordinador Académico del Curso.
Psicólogo, Magister en Desarrollo Regional y Local, con estudios de Doctorado en Ciencia Política en Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3 y en Ciencias Sociales en la UBA.

Doctora en Sociología (Francia), Secretaria Ejecutiva de CLACSO. Profesora Titular del Depto de Sociología de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República, Uruguay.

Especialista del sector de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas de UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe. Abogado y periodista, con maestría en políticas sociales y desarrollo.

Who developed the course?


La UNESCO refuerza los vínculos entre naciones y sociedades para cimentar la paz en base a la solidaridad moral e intelectual de la humanidad.


MOST es el programa intergubernamental de transformaciones sociales de la UNESCO, que fortalece los vínculos entre investigación y políticas públicas para la transformación social.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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