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Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World

Explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World

Why join the course?

You may be an avid user of the Web but this introductory course in Web Science will help you to understand the Web as a both social system and a technical system: a global information infrastructure built from the interactions of people and technologies.

The course is based on our experience of trying to understand how the Web has grown and changed through technical innovation, economics, politics and everyday use.

We will examine the origins and evolution of the Web, and consider key questions of Security, Democracy, Networks and Economy from both computational and social science perspectives.

By following this course, you will have a greater understanding of the Web and begin to develop skills for the digital era - skills that are useful for everyday life and widely sought by the technology driven employers of today.

The course is called Web Science because it will provide you with an understanding of the way that the technology of the Web interacts with our economy, society and culture rather than just explaining ‘how the Internet works’ or ‘how to build websites in HTML’.

This is the start of a journey that could help you shape the future of the World Wide Web.

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to further their understanding of the way that the technology of the Web interacts with our economy, society and culture.

Who will you learn with?

Professor Leslie Carr & Professor Susan Halford

Senior academics in the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and in both the MSc and BSc in Web Science at the University of Southampton

Who developed the course?

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

£34.00 + shipping

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