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Understanding and Solving Poverty and Inequality

University of York via FutureLearn


Develop your understanding of current social issues

The understanding and dissection of poverty and inequality are fundamental to understanding how people’s experience of the welfare state differ.

On this course, you’ll explore these concepts in detail and take a look at how these social issues could be solved. You’ll also consider the difficulties that might be faced when developing solutions.

Discover the global history of poverty and inequality

You’ll delve into the history of both poverty and inequality, with a focus on child poverty and health inequalities in the UK. Alongside a global look at the issues, you’ll look at why these problems matter and the social policies surrounding them.

Explore possible solutions to social problems in the UK

Many arguments have been made about both concepts, both critical and theoretical. You’ll engage and assess these different arguments before reflecting on the insights they bring to the discussion.

The final part of the course will guide you through using these insights to offer solutions to these issues. You’ll look through the lens of different perspectives, such as Prime Minister, Activist, Student, and Footballer to see how we might solve poverty and inequality in the UK.

Learn from the experts from SPSW at York

The Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) at York is one of the leading UK centres for teaching and research in social policy, social work, and applied social science.

On this course, you’ll be taught by academics possessing wide-ranging expertise on a range of topics, from child poverty to global inequalities in health.

This course is for anyone interested in exploring poverty and inequality, and how we can possibly solve these social issues.

It will be particularly useful to A-level students looking to study sociology or, more specifically, social policy.


  • Exploring Poverty
    • Welcome and introduction
    • Defining poverty
    • Locating poverty
    • Impacts and intersections
  • Exploring Inequality
    • Defining inequality
    • Locating inequality: a focus on the UK
    • Locating inequality: an international viewpoint
    • Inequality and the role of education
  • Responding to Poverty and Inequality
    • Responding to social problems
    • Exploring who should be involved
    • Making decisions is tricky

Taught by

Rachel Vipond


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