International Open Online Course
Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Research, Policy and Management for Social Transformations

Inequalities are one of the main challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and are a constant concern for their governments. As pointed out in the latest UNESCO World Social Science Report, as well as in the ECLAC Report on "The Matrix of Social Inequality in Latin America", inequalities must not only be understood from an economic point of view, they must also be studied and intervened from political, social, cultural, racial, ethnic, territorial and gender perspectives, whose permanent interaction generates a vicious circle of inequalities

What does it mean to make a MOOC LAC?

  • An opportunity to learn collectively how to promote informed policies towards equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • A dynamic experience, to generate a broad dialogue among a variety of actors and address the challenges of social inclusion in our region.
  • A meeting point for the ODS. A meeting point for change

First MOOC LAC 2017 experience

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, in collaboration with the Latin American Centre for Development Administration (CLAD), launched in 2017 the Pilot Edition of the International Online Course "Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: Research and Policies for Social Transformations".

The course was offered in an open and free way, with 4 weeks of duration and regional scope, through the FutureLearn Educational Platform. It was designed within the framework of UNESCO's MOST (Management of Social Transformations) Programme as a contribution to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The course addressed the current regional panorama of inequalities, their multiple dimensions and their relationship with social policies and public management, offering transformative strategies to overcome the dramatic situations that the region is going through.

This MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) was the first experience of its kind developed by the MOST Programme and the organisers of the course, and was a major challenge. Its innovative design, organization and methodology showed extremely encouraging results towards future editions.

We had the collaboration of important organizations that contributed invaluable resources to enhance the content offered in the course. Among others: IDRC, ECLAC, SEGIB, CLACSO, Using Evidence Inc. (Canada), Dejusticia (Colombia), Grupo Faro (Ecuador), (global platform), (Brazil), Women and Health in Uruguay (MYSU), University of Manchester, Oxford University.

Some comments from course participants:

I am delighted with this course. Each action is designed for learning, reflection and enjoyment. Hernan

The interventions of all the participants were very interesting. I hope there will be a next edition. Mary

The course has been of an excellent standard. The topics addressed, the debate generated and the methodologies implemented to provide us with the knowledge are very enriching. Congratulations to those who set up the course and to us for doing so. I encourage you to continue with this modality next year. Marinela

MOOC 2018 Edition

  • New version of MOOC "Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: research and policies for social transformations", including updates and improvements in design and content.
  • Participation of all Latin American and Caribbean countries through the FutureLearn Platform
  • Spanish and English versions, with global reach.
  • Tentative implementation date: 7 May to 3 June 2018.
  • To energize the community of practice that emerged from the course in the design and management of public policies against inequalities in the region
  • Systematize the initiatives and proposals of public policies and management against the inequalities that arise during the course.

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