MOOC - Massive Open Online Course


Massive, open, online courses (known as MOOCs) are short courses that are delivered online for free. They don't have any entry requirements and are open to anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

What is FutureLearn?

Our courses are delivered by FutureLearn, the first UK-led, multi-institutional Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. 

The FutureLearn proposition is to increase access to Higher Education for students in the UK and around the world by offering a diverse range of high quality courses through a single website.


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MOOCs at Nottingham

Our courses cover a range of topics and are delivered by academics across the University, sometimes in collaboration with experts from external organisations.

Our current MOOC courses are listed below.

You can also visit the Future Learn website for information on other courses that are available.  


Why study a MOOC?

MOOCs let you to fit learning into your life. They give you the flexibility to choose when and where you study - supporting you to manage your studies alongside your work or other commitments. If you have an internet connection MOOCs allow you to access quality education for free.

Online learning offers a different experience to campus-based learning. We want to give people with an interest in Sustainability access to Nottingham's academics and learning resources with course materials drawn from real modules and ebooks.



The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians

How does economics impact on politicians? And how do politicians impact on economics?

In this three-week course, Sir Vince Cable and a team of leading economists at the University of Nottingham will explain the links between politics and economics.

You will explore these links by looking at the work of major political figures and the key economic ideas they adopted.

You will study both contemporary economics – for example exploring responses to the financial crisis of 2008 – and some of the political leaders who have put key economic theories into practice throughout history.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in economics and politics, and for those studying economics at pre-university or undergraduate level. No previous experience or qualifications are required.


Start date: 20 March 2017

Duration: 3 weeks

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Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition

On this course you have the chance to not only learn about slavery and antislavery, but also debate and shape solutions for the next phase of the contemporary antislavery movement.

You will consider:

  • Different forms of slavery
  • Ground-breaking research about slavery's measurement and definition
  • Strategies for ending slavery at the local, national and international levels
  • The roles of governments, businesses, technology, legislation and enslaved people themselves ending salvery

The course is particularly relevant for human rights and NGO workers, teachers, students, activists, supply chains professionals, lawyers and law enforcement professionals. No prior knowledge is necessary, all are welcome.

Start date: 8 May 2017

Duration: 4 weeks

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How to Read Your Boss

Think about the conversations you have had in your workplace over the past few months. Do you ever come out of meetings wishing you had said something differently, felt misunderstoof or not been given credit for your ideas? Do you have difficulty talking to people more senior than you? How do you handle difficult conversations at work?

This course will provide you with practical tools by introducing you to the world of workplace communication through linguistics. It will offer alternative strategies for future business talk.

How to Read Your Boss will be useful for anyone working in business or organisations in public, private or third sectors, including managers and those with leadership responsibility.

Start date: 5 June 2017

Duration: 2 weeks

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Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

This course explores the building blocks of our political views: freedom, community, place, justice and choice.

We will look at how political ideology and propaganda pick up on the words, images and symbols we use to express our own convictions and sentiments.

Topics you will cover:

  • Political ideology and its communication through propaganda
  • Key political concepts - freedom, justice, community, territory and consumption
  • The articulation of political ideas through images, texts and objects
  • Interdisciplinary prespectives on ideology
  • The relationship between such everyday activities as consumption, cooking, and living in urban spaces with political beliefs

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in politics, history and propaganda. No previous experience or qualifications are required.

Start date: 12 June 2017

Duration: 5 weeks

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