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UCT Massive Open Online Courses

UCT offers a number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These are free online courses with no entry requirements and are not for university credit. You can choose to purchase a certificate, and in some cases financial aid is available. We hope you find a course from the list below that excites you; sign up or register your interest. Find out more about the UCT MOOCs project.

 

Popular courses for everyone

Becoming a changemaker:
Introduction to Social Innovation

 

Learn about, or improve the quality of
your social innovation knowledge.

Dr Francois Bonnici, A/Prof Warren Nilsson & Dr Marlon Parker
Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Extinctions: Past and Present

Discover the diversity of life on earth,
the impacts of five past mass
extinctions and the prospect of a sixth extinction.

Prof Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan
Biological Sciences

 

5 weeks, on FutureLearn

 

Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

Explore the field of medical humanities
- the intersection of the arts,
humanities and healthcare.

Prof Steve Reid & A/Prof Susan Levine
Primary Healthcare & Anthropology

6 weeks, on FutureLearn

 

What is a Mind?

Explore the most pertinent scientific
and philosophical concepts for
understanding our own minds.

Prof Mark Solms
Psychology

6 weeks, on FutureLearn

 

Courses for research and development professionals

Climate Change Mitigation in
Developing Countries


Challenges you to consider how one
might lift societies out of poverty while
also mitigating greenhouse gas
emissions.

Professor Harald Winkler
Energy Research Centre

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Climate Adaptation in Africa

This course focuses on climate change
impacts across Africa, dealing with
concepts of vulnerability, adaptation,
sustainable development and
climate-resilient development.

Professor Mark New
African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI)

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management

This course introduces the concepts and tools for assessing and managing Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs).

 

A/Prof Coleen Moloney
Biological Sciences (with NOAA, IW:LEARN, GEF, UNDP, UNESCO-IOC)

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Research for Impact

Learn a set of principles and practices that will make your research more impactful.

Prof Mark New & Mr Jesse DeMaria-Kinney 
African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) with Oxfam, UK

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Courses focused on innovation and technology

Innovative Finance:
Hacking finance to change the world

Design and build innovative finance
strategies to catalyse social impact in a business or community.

Ms Aunnie Patton Power
Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business 

5 weeks, on Coursera

 

Fintech Regulation in Emerging
Markets and the Rise of Fintech Companies

Learn about the major financial crises
and fintech regulation in emerging
markets using case studies.

A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg
African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management

4 weeks, on Coursera

 

How Entrepreneurs in Emerging
Markets can master Blockchain
Technology

Discover the potential of blockchain
and artificial intelligence for start-ups in emerging markets.

A/Prof Co-Pierre Georg

African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management

4 weeks, on Coursera

 

Julia Scientific Programming

An introduction to a new programming
language developed specifically for
high-performance scientific computing.

Dr Henri Laurie &  Dr Juan H Klopper
Mathematics & Surgery

4 weeks, on Coursera

 

Courses for health professionals

Understanding Clinical Research:
Behind the Statistics

If you have ever skipped the results
section of a medical paper because
terms like ‘confidence interval’ or
‘p-value’ go over your head, then this is the course for you.

Dr Juan H Klopper
Surgery

6 weeks, on Coursera

 

Organ Donation: From Death to Life

Learn about the science behind death
determination and when it is possible for deceased organ donation to take place.

Dr David Thomson
Surgery

4 weeks, on Coursera

 

Courses focused on teaching and learning

The Unbundled University, the
Market and Digital Technology

**In partnership with the University of Leeds, UK

What is the future of universities?
Explore current issues affecting higher
education with a course featuring brand new research.

Prof Laura Czerniewicz,
Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, University of Cape Town
and 
Prof Neil Morris,
Digital Education, University of Leeds

2 weeks, on FutureLearn

 

Education for All: Disability,
Diversity and Inclusion

Find out how inclusive education can
work, especially where resources are
limited.

A/Prof Judith McKenzie
Disability Studies

6 weeks, on FutureLearn

 

Disability Inclusion in Education:
Building Systems of Support

This course explores the support that teachers need to meet the learning needs of children with severe to profound hearing, visual or intellectual disability.

A/Prof Judith McKenzie
Disability Studies with the Christoffel-Blinden Mission (CBM)

5 weeks, on Coursera

 

Writing your World: Finding yourself
in the academic space

This course is not just about writing
skills, it is also about engaging with the world through the concepts of identity, mobility and culture.

Dr Aditi Hunma & Dr Gideon Nomdo
Language Development

4 weeks, on Coursera