Global Inequality is a free online sociology course offered by Wellesley College in the United States. As a self-paced class, the course can be completed at a pace that fits the schedules of each individual student. The instructor does recommend that students focus on one of the modules per week. With this schedule, the class requires four weeks to complete and requires a weekly time investment of two to three hours. By the end of the course, students will have a thorough understanding of the concepts of inequality as it relates to class, gender and race. The class includes a screening of the documentary “China Blue.” Although not required, it is strongly recommended that students take the online course Global Sociology prior to enrolling in the class.
Understanding Gender Inequality is a free online gender studies course offered by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. The four-week course is ideal for anyone over the age of 16 who is poised to join the work force or attend an institution of higher education. Each week students will spend about three hours watching videos and completing supplemental assignments related to gender inequality in the contexts of the workplace, the family and within the media.
Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality is a free online economics course offered by the Open University. During the four-week course, students will have a chance to explore the current economic conditions worldwide, focusing particularly on the wealth of the Baby Boomer generation. Students will need to devote about three hours of study time to this introductory course.
Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom is a free online political science course offered by the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the philosophical theories that have shaped politics throughout history. The class lasts for five weeks and includes readings from well-known philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft and John Stuart Mill; and more contemporary theorists such as Elizabeth Anderson, Isaiah Berlin, Thomas Christiano, Frantz Fanon, Amy Gutmann, Friedrich Hayek, Robert Nozick, Martha Nussbaum, Julius Nyerere, Ayn Rand, John Rawls, Peter Singer and Kok-Chor Tan. The modules that make up the class are Introduction, Happiness and Welfare, Justice, Equality and Freedom.
Improving Children’s Lives: Reducing Child Poverty and Inequality Around the World is a free online economics course offered by the University of York in the United Kingdom. During the four-week course, students will have the opportunity to explore the trends of child well-being in wealthy countries and the resources that are available for analyzing their quality of life. The class also covers key debates about how child well-being is measured and conceptualized. At the end of the class, students will have a chance to learn about the key policy debates related to children’s lives. Students should expect to devote about four hours of study time to the course weekly.