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From modern languages to modern history, medicine to the arts: 6 new free online courses announced

Six brand new free online courses are now live on FutureLearn and ready for you to join, while many past courses are getting ready to run again in 2015. Here’s our quick guide to them all.


Cultural Studies and Modern Languages: an Introduction

Discover the culture, language and national identity of eight countries through their books, images, slogans and monuments, with this four-week course from the University of Bristol.

You’ll travel from Russia to Europe to Latin America – and from the medieval to the modern day. The course is ideal if you’re thinking about a degree in cultural studies or modern languages, although it is open to anyone.

Join the course now – it starts 16 February.


Measuring and Valuing Health

Healthcare systems around the world are increasingly under pressure to fund drugs, treatments and other healthcare interventions. But how do we decide which ones to fund?

In this three-week course from The University of Sheffield, you’ll learn how Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) can be used to compare treatments and inform healthcare spending.

Join the course now – it starts 16 February.


What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

The media often paint development aid as wasteful spending, leaving the public wondering if any intervention can ever work. This free online course from the University of Oslo will share the success stories.

Over six weeks, you’ll explore promising strategies in international aid related to agriculture, public health, institutions and poverty reduction. You’ll hear from experts at universities around the world, as well as the Norwegian government and aid agency.

Join the course now – it starts 23 February.


Modern Korean History: Liberation, War and Nuclear Ambitions

Explore the unique and untold history of North and South Korea – from 1945 to the present – with this six-week course from Seoul’s Yonsei University.

You’ll get the chance to understand the Korean War, and economic, political and cultural changes since. How did North Korea create a model socialist state and controversial nuclear program? And how did South Korea achieve rapid economic development, despite decades of military rule?

Join the course now – it starts 2 March.


Introduction to Dutch

Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch in three weeks with this course from the University of Groningen. It’s ideal if you plan to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon.

The course will give you the skills to introduce yourself; talk about your family, friends, work and study; and experience life in the Low Countries to the full.

Join the course now – it starts 2 March.


Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

Consider six aspects of human life from the perspectives of the arts, humanities and healthcare, with this free online course from the University of Cape Town.

Over six weeks, you’ll understand the emerging field of medical humanities and the concept of whole body care. The course will question our propensity to separate the body from the mind in healthcare and consider what defines humanity.

Join the course now – it starts 16 March.


More free online courses

Finally, 11 popular courses will start again in February and March 2015, covering a wide variety of subjects:

Starts 16 February

Starts 2 March

Starts 9 March

Starts 16 March

To find out more about the free online courses coming up, you can view all courses by category or register to receive updates by email.

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