Free Online Course on Lottery of Birth

Free Online Course on Lottery of Birth

The Open University (OU) would like to announce free online course named as “The Lottery of Birth”. The course is intended to give you knowledge about where, when and to whom you are born and the society into which you are born will influence your life chances.

You’ll use a variety of disciplines in the course such as demography, health studies, sociology, comparative social policy, history, political science, and economics. The course will start on 20, Feb 2017.

Course At A Glance

  1. Length: 4 weeks
  2. Effort:   3 hours pw
  3. Subject:  The Lottery of Birth
  4. Institution:  The Open University (OU)
  5. Languages: English
  6. Price:  Free
  7. Certificate Available: Yes
  8. Session: The course will start on 20, Feb 2017.

Providers Details

  • The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. The Open University is rated one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. The OU is one of only four UK universities to have consistently achieved more than 90% in the survey’s history.
  • The Open University in the top third of UK higher education institutions by ‘research power’ ranking. 72% of OU research submitted was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Requirements

  • 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).

About This Course

  • Benefits: This free online course will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will examine the inequalities of birth, particularly being born rich or poor and being born female or male. The language of the course is English.
  • Importance of the Subject in Today’s Scenario: Recent research shows that health at birth is affected by many factors, including maternal education, behaviors, and participation in social programs. In turn, endowments at birth are predictive of adult outcomes, and of the outcomes of future generations.

How to Join This Course

  • You should register yourself through the given link to join this free on-line course: https://www.futurelearn.com/register
  • Use the hashtag#FLbirth17 to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

Why Take This Course

  • Advantage of Course: You’ll use a variety of disciplines in the course such as demography, health studies, sociology, comparative social policy, history, political science, and economics. This interdisciplinary nature brings different perspectives together to create fresh insights and provides a bridge for different ideas to feed into social and political change.
  • Certificate: A Statement of Participation is a certificate that you can buy, to show that you’ve completed a Future Learn course.

Learning Outcomes

  • You’ll use a variety of disciplines in the course such as demography, health studies, sociology, and comparative social policy
  • You will examine the inequalities of birth
  • After completing the course you will know that how individual countries and global organizations are responding to demographic changes and predictions

Instructors

Pam Foley:  She is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at The Open University.

Suggested Reading

No specific knowledge or education background is assumed for the free online course.

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Conclusion

  • Towards the end of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to critically analyze an initiative of your choosing from your own country and review the analysis of a fellow learner. You will examine the inequalities of birth.
  • Your Statement provides a summary of what you’ve learned and how long it took, giving you official evidence to show employers. Buy a Statement add it to their CV or resume.

Detailed Information

For more information about the course, you can check the given link:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/lottery-of-birth

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