The Lottery of Birth
Duration 4 weeks
Weekly study 3 hours
Explore the inequalities between rich and poor, female and male
This online course will look at the big picture of the lottery of birth and the smaller, human stories. You will examine key inequalities, such as being born rich or poor, female or male.
You will consider how individual countries and global organisations are responding to demographic changes and predictions, and how this plays out in the lives of individual women and men in different parts of the world.
The course draws on demography, health studies, sociology, comparative social policy, history, political science and economics, to bring new perspectives and fresh insights.
What topics will you cover?
Where and when you are born will influence your chances in life Inequality is predetermined by the situation into which we are born The decisions made by women and men around the world about children, contraception and abortion Countries can adopt either a ‘pro-natalist’ or an ‘anti-natalist’ approach Safe birth is endlessly challenged by political, demographic and economic upheavals The challenge of inequality is one of the biggest issues of our time Changes that could be made and what effect this would have Developments affecting the lottery of birth in your own country
Who is the course for?
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of the issues surrounding birth or inequalities. It is post-graduate level and encourages personal research and data interpretation.
Please note that this course includes some content of a sensitive nature, including discussions around abortion and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Who developed the course?
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
- LocationMilton Keynes, UK
- World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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