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University of Colorado Boulder

Thinking About Care

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


Although all humans require care to develop and thrive, it is rarely the focus of academic studies. This course enriches learner’s understanding of this critical yet underappreciated facet of their lives by addressing such questions as: What is care? Who has traditionally provided it? How valued is care work? Does money take the care out of care work? In addition to advancing learner’s knowledge of the place of care in modern society and controversies surrounding it, Thinking About Care will give learners the opportunity to learn a strategy that surveys existing approaches to care.


  • What is care and should we study it?
    • In this module, you will learn why care is such a challenging topic to study.
  • Who has traditionally provided care?
    • In this module, you will learn about the historical division of care.
  • What are the different types of paid care work, and what motivates individuals to enter care occupations?
    • In this module, you will learn about the different opportunities to work as a paid caregiver in modern society.
  • How valued is care?
    • In this module, you will learn how modern society devalues care.
  • Choose Your Controversy
    • In this module, you will learn about two controversial issues surrounding care.

Taught by

Don Grant

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