Lottery of birth
Lottery of birth

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Lottery of birth

6.1 Social mobility – growing or shrinking?

Looking back at your own childhood, do you think there was greater social mobility (defined as the link between a person’s occupation or income and the occupation or income of their parents) when you were growing up than there is today?

In the UK social mobility has, officially, stagnated making current widespread pessimism about the level of social mobility seemingly justified (Social Mobility Commission, 2018).

Activity 4

Think about your own experiences of social mobility where you live.

  • Do you think that that social mobility has stagnated or is increasing or decreasing?
  • What evidence do you have of that?
  • What, if anything, is being done in your part of the world specifically about social mobility?
You can type text here, but this facility requires a free OU account. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).
LOB_1

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 50 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