Politics & Society Courses

Dig deeper into the issues making the news – from new technology and social media to the energy crisis, inequality and the threat of new conflicts – with our online political science and international relations courses.

Understand the geopolitical issues shaping our world, with our online political science and international relations courses.

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Learn new skills, pursue your interests or advance your career with our short online courses.

2 Microcredentials

Our online microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. They can be used as an independent certification, and some even offer academic credit to use towards a degree. Each microcredential also includes a formal online assessment.

1 Program

These online programs are designed for you to explore subjects you’re passionate about, with the opportunity to earn a FutureLearn Award to demonstrate your learning.

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Satisfy your interest in the issues affecting the economy, environment, and the world around us with online short courses, in-depth programs, microcredentials or full postgraduate degrees. Start learning for free on desktop, tablet, or mobile.

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Upgrade your course for ongoing access to the course content, tests, and the chance to gain a Certificate of Achievement. Buy Unlimited for access to hundreds of short courses in a year and the ability to keep access to courses you gain a certificate on.

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