The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

The lottery of birth

2.4 Summary of Week 2

Described image
Figure 23 A mother and her newborn child, beneficiaries of a UK-funded maternal health and family planning programme in Orissa, one India's poorest states.

This week you have looked over the politics, ideas and history that have shaped the lottery of birth in the past and in the present.

You have also looked at how parental choices are made by individuals within the wider political, social and cultural contexts that shape their lives. Nation states, both pro-natalist and anti-natalist, will continue to influence birth choices and outcomes and influence the lottery of birth for good or ill.

In Week 3 you will consider what is being done worldwide to address birth inequalities. Equality is our ideal but people are still born, live and die in radical inequality. We look at progress made and changes underway, particularly in the lives of girls and women around the world.


Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has over 40 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus