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Learn about inequality with online courses and programs

Gain a deeper understanding of social dynamics, power structures, and the potential to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive world. Learn about inequality and society with edX.

What is inequality?

Inequality refers to the unequal distribution of resources, opportunities, and power among individuals or groups in society. It encompasses various dimensions such as economic, social, racial, gender, and educational disparities.

The study of inequality is an important and thought-provoking field as it examines the root causes, consequences, and dynamics of social stratification. It offers insights into the mechanisms that perpetuate and challenge inequality, and explores strategies for achieving a more equitable and just society.

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Inequality course curriculum

In a course on inequality, learners can expect to explore a wide range of topics that shed light on the causes, manifestations, and consequences of social inequalities. The specific content may vary depending on the institution and program, but some potential areas of study include:

  • Patterns and hierarchies that shape social inequalities, including wealth, income and social class.

  • How multiple forms of inequality intersect and compound to shape experiences and opportunities.

  • Relationship between inequality and power structures in society.

  • Income and wealth disparities, poverty, and social mobility.

  • Historical and contemporary social movements aimed at addressing inequality.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including inequality, human rights, and much more. Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education courses specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to inequality

Learning about inequality can lead to a range of career opportunities in fields dedicated to addressing social justice, equity, and inclusivity. Some examples of careers someone could pursue include:

  • Social justice advocate: Work with advocacy organizations, nonprofits, or grassroots movements to address systemic inequalities, promote social change, and advocate for marginalized communities.

  • Policy analyst: Analyze social policies, assess their impact on inequality, and contribute to the development of evidence-based policy recommendations for government agencies, think tanks, or advocacy groups.

  • Diversity and inclusion specialist: Collaborate with organizations to create inclusive environments, develop diversity initiatives, and implement strategies to promote equity and representation.

  • Community organizer: Engage with communities affected by inequality, mobilize collective action, and facilitate community-led initiatives for social and economic empowerment.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in social work depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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