How will we live in a world of 10 billion people?

An interdisciplinary online course for second year undergraduate students.

Register for 10bn

What's involved?

Course dates: 12 February - 2 March 2018

10bn is a three week HEAR accredited online course. It should take around 10-12 hours to complete, and is flexible enough that you can fit it around your other studies.

The course will explore current research taking place at the University relevant to the growing global population.

Topics covered include: the way migration is represented through media and art; the challenges of an ageing population; the issue of social justice; how we tackle climate change; how we ensure food security for the future.

Skills and knowledge

You'll have the opportunity to explore topics which may not be covered elsewhere on your degree. You'll also have the chance to develop new skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Cross-disciplinary communication.
  • Peer review.
  • Evaluation and reflection.

Resources and support

Course content will include videos, journal papers and news articles. You will also be able to participate in online discussion boards, where you can share your thoughts and opinions with other students.

For 10bn 2017 we ran a series of talks focusing on some of the topics covered in the course. Audios of these talks can be found below.

Who are the 10bn? with Tony Ryan and Paul White

Universal healthcare in a world of 10 billion, with Marco Viceconti

10 billion: Future prospects and current thinking, with Danny Dorling and Carl Lee