Free short online courses

Humanities and Social Sciences

Study humanities and social sciences MOOCs.

Delivering Research Data Management Services

This course will run on the FutureLearn platform and will open for enrolment on Monday 1 July. The five week course will run from 2 September until 6 October.

Digital Footprint (#dfmooc)

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This course is available on demand. This course will focus on the different dimensions of a digital footprint, including developing an effective online presence, managing your privacy, creating opportunities for networking, balancing and managing professional and personal presences (eprofessionalism).

Football: More than a Game (#flfooty)

Football: More than a Game
Explore the role of football in the world today - including finances, clubs, nations and rivalries - with this free online course.

Fundamentals of Music Theory (#edmusictheory)

Fundamentals of Music Theory
This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyse, and listen informedly.

How to Read a Novel (#FLnovel)

In this course you’ll discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterisation, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites (#fljacobites)

On this course you will unravel the Jacobite story. Using objects from National Museums Scotland you will discover the lives of the rulers and their followers who sought to change history.

Intellectual Humility (#IHmooc)

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This On-Demand MOOC will introduce you to the definition of intellectual humility and intellectual virtues in general

Introduction to Marketing: Tools to Set Enterprises Apart (#mktg101x)

Introduction to Marketing: Tools to Set Enterprises Apart. Learn practical marketing strategies and tools that enable enterprises to stand out in a competitive marketplace.

Introduction to Social Research Methods (#SOCRMx)

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How does ‘society’ function? What makes ‘culture’? These are questions that can help us to understand the most pressing issues today – but how do we answer them? This course will explore the methods used by researchers in social science.

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy
This On-Demand MOOC will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy.

Know Thyself

Study aspects of self-knowledge, theories of human nature and central dimensions of the self.

Philosophy and the Sciences (#philsci)

Philosophy and the Sciences
Learn about the historical and philosophical foundations of contemporary science.

Philosophy, Science and Religion (#philsci)

This course will serve as the first of three related courses in our Philosophy, Science and Religion Online series.

Research Data Management and Sharing

Research Data Management and Sharing. This course will provide learners with an introduction to research data management and sharing.

Social Wellbeing (#flwellbeing)

This MOOC will help you engage constructively in the wellbeing movement, and use wellbeing considerations to make important transformations to your work and your ways of planning, learning and justifying your decisions.

Economic Democracy: The Cooperative Alternative (#COOPsx)

Could a cooperative market economy, in which firms are owned and controlled by their workers, be a viable and efficient alternative to capitalism?

The Making of the US President: A Short History in Five Elections

This course explores the history of presidential elections via five case studies. It tells the story of key campaigns in US history

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction (#shariaonlinecourse)

Course launched 6th May 2019 on FutureLearn. This five-week course explores some of the diverse roles that the Sharia and Islamic law have played in Muslim life, both historically and today, encouraging students to think critically about the nature of religious law and its many manifestations.