Free Coursera MOOC on inequality / Boing Boing

Beginning Monday, you can enroll in a free massively open online course from Coursera on inequality: “Most international locations are getting an increasing number of unequal. However the core of democracy is political equality: that everybody ought to have an equal say in how their nation is run. Can we actually anticipate this stuff to go collectively? Can folks have equal political energy whereas financial inequality grows and grows? This course takes college students by the problems. It covers the fact of financial inequality, and the way firms and rich people are capable of convert financial into political energy. College students study lobbying and marketing campaign finance, tax avoidance and capital flight. The course discusses the worth of democracy, and the potential of alternate options to our present financial system. That is an interdisciplinary course combining politics, philosophy, economics, historical past and legislation. The course is for anybody searching for an accessible introduction to those subjects: involved residents, or these in fields resembling politics, media, training, authorities or legislation. Though the subjects are uncommon, the problem degree is just like the first-year of an undergraduate diploma. No prior data is assumed.” (Picture: mSeattle, CC BY) (through Crooked Timber)