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Understanding and solving poverty and inequality

Learn of the ways in which we can tackle social injustice.

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Three weeks The latest taught course has already taken place, but you can still take a self-guided version. Simply sign up to start. School for Business and Society FutureLearn

Social policy is concerned with promoting the welfare of citizens. Traditionally, the subject focused on the ‘big five’ areas of poverty, health, housing, education and unemployment, but has expanded in recent years to broader social issues and international contexts.

Often social policy questions the ways in which services do or do not meet the needs of specific groups, such as children, people with disabilities, women, older people, or members of minority ethnic groups. The understanding and dissection of the concepts of poverty and inequality are fundamental to understanding how people's experience of the welfare state differ.

This course will offer individuals the opportunity to explore these two concepts in detail, before turning to take a look at how we can potentially solve such social problems as poverty and inequality, while considering why this may be difficult.

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