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From propaganda to psychology: six brand new free online courses announced

Six brand new free online courses are now live on FutureLearn and ready for you to join. Here’s our quick guide to them all.


Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

Two patients wait to have their bandages removed after cataract surgery. Image credit: © Peek VisionThis six-week course from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will help you understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care.

Designed for health professionals, it will highlight the key facts about avoidable blindness and global initiatives to address it; and explore practical approaches for strengthening local eye health services in resource limited settings.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 27 April.


Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business

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This free online course from the University of Southampton is backed by UK government and the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM).

In three weeks, it will help you understand contract management processes; give you the confidence to develop new contracts; and help you build successful relationships to implement contracts effectively.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 27 April.


Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

An IELTS application form being completed by handIELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration, accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide.

This six-week course from the British Council will help you improve your English and get ready for each stage of the IELTS test — reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 11 May.


Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life

This five-week course explores how propaganda is used to instil political ideologies and its impact on our daily lives.

It draws on the academic expertise of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of Ideologies (CSPI), as well as collections showcased in the British Library’s 2013 exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 11 May.


Managing My Investments

Learn about different investment choices, the returns and risks associated with each, and the evidence about their historical performance, with this Open University course.

Over six weeks, you will also explore investment strategies, the practicalities about involvement in personal finance markets, and how to avoid the individual and group behavioural traits that can impair effective investment decision making.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 11 May.


What is a Mind?

This six-week course from the University of Cape Town examines the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds.

You will tackle a question that has perplexed philosophers, scientists, historians and ordinary people across time and cultures. And you will bring a range of disciplines together, to explore four specific aspects of the mind – subjectivity, intentionality, consciousness and agency.

Find out more and join the course – it starts 11 May.

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