Posted on Monday 10th March 2014
Experts from the the School of Government and Society including the International Development Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham have introduced a free, open online course offering a taste of higher education to learners worldwide.
Universally known as MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses), Birmingham's latest course explores "Cooperation in the Contemporary World". Registration is now live for this online course which is scheduled to start in May 2014.
As worldwide leaders seek to find a solution in Ukraine; economists try to balance emerging market growth with struggling economies and politicians gather to find a consensus on climate change – there has never been a better time to understand the puzzle of cooperation and its complexity in all its forms.
Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, in partnership with FutureLearn, this course will enable learners to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform.
This new course follows the successful launch of the University’s other MOOCs in Dental Photography; World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age (jointly developed with the BBC); Good Brain, Bad Brain and an exploration of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Mark Webber, Professor of International Politics and Head of the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham, said: "We are proud of our excellent research-led teaching here at Birmingham and this new free, online course will enable learners worldwide to explore how the latest thinking on cooperation is so relevant to current world events".
The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and the content is quality-assured in line with the University of Birmingham's other programmes. There are no entry requirements for students enrolling on the MOOCs. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University.
The Cooperation in the Contemporary World MOOC is scheduled to commence in May 2014. Interested learners learn more about this course at the University of Birmingham or sign up with FutureLearn to receive information about course registration.
Notes to Editors
FutureLearn was created in December 2012 as the UK’s first provider of free, high quality MOOCs. Its partners and course providers comprise of more than 20 leading UK and international universities, and cultural institutions including the British Library, British Museum and British Council.
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