This is an announcement on behalf of the Private Property and Political Power project at Utrecht University. Its members have developed a freely-available Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Inequality and Democracy” that may be of interest to our subscribers, readers, and/or their students.

Most countries are getting more and more unequal. But the core of democracy is political equality: that everyone should have an equal say in how their country is run. Can we really expect these things to go together? Can people have equal political power while economic inequality grows and grows? Take this course and decide for yourself.

You’ll learn about:

  • The rise of economic inequality
  • Property rights and the corporation
  • Democracy: Its value and history
  • Campaign finance and lobbying
  • Tax avoidance and capital flight
  • Alternatives to our economic system

This is an interdisciplinary course combining:

  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law

Our course is for anyone looking for an accessible introduction to these topics. You might a concerned citizen, or someone who works in a field like politics, media, education, government or law. Although the topics are unusual, the difficulty level is similar to the first-year of an undergraduate degree. No prior knowledge is assumed.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/inequalityanddemocracy.