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MOOCs offered by the Cultural Pluralism Research Area

The Cultural Pluralism Area of the Global Governance Programme runs several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in partnership with Future Learn, the Social Learning Platform launched by the Open University UK in 2012.

MOOC is an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course’. It is a university course offered online and available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet.

Currently we offer an Online Programme on Exploring Culture and Heritage, including three different courses on: ‘Cultures and Identities in Europe’, ‘Cultural Heritage and the City’, and ‘Cultural Diversity and the City’. Our Migration Courses include: ‘Why Do People Migrate? – Part 1- Facts and Part 2 –  Theories’.

We are launching a new MOOC on Cultural Diplomacy and one on ‘Migration and Cities’  in September 2018! Find out more and join from the menu below.

 

 

Migration and Cities

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Nick Dines

Migration has always played a fundamental role in urban development. Without some form of inward migration – be it international or internal – cities would not develop or grow.
On this course you will explore the relationship between migration and cities both across history and in the world today. For example, you’ll learn about the influence of migration on the rise of modern, industrial cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You will also look at a range of contemporary issues at the urban scale, such as employment, settlement, public space and local policy.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Understand current debates on how migration has shaped cities historically
  • Explain the role of cities in migrant integration
  • Give successful examples of cities that have turned migration into an advantage
  • Debate on the role of cities and other local actors in the governance of migration and migrant integration
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Cultural Diplomacy

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Jérémie Molho

What does cultural diplomacy mean? How does it work in practice? What effect does it have in today’s world? Get the answers with this introduction to cultural diplomacy.
You will explore whether cultural diplomacy is about intercultural dialogue and engagement between different countries or whether it could be understood as one type of public diplomacy. You will consider the role of state actors and international organisations as well as that of non-state actors (including types of cultural and educational institutions). You will also consider the emerging EU strategy of cultural diplomacy.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain relevant terms and notions such as those of soft power, cultural cooperation and public diplomacy
  • Identify the main actors involved in cultural diplomacy today
  • Assess specific examples where cultural diplomacy has worked and examples where it has not
  • Discuss current geopolitical and economic contexts, and the role that cultural diplomacy plays in the G8 and in the G20 world
  • Explore the nascent EU strategy of cultural diplomacy
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Cultural Heritage and the City

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Jérémie Molho

Cultural heritage is usually discussed in national or religious terms: we speak of Italian culture, Greek civilization, Islamic art, and so on. But today cities are creating their own heritage through museums, galleries, markets of artistic goods, and urban networks. Cities project themselves as cultural hubs representing and connecting entire regions, for example Doha and the UAE, Singapore and Southeast Asia, Los Angeles and North America.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

Using these and other examples, through this course you’ll explore exactly what is meant by urban cultural heritage and key concepts related to it.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain what is cultural heritage, its different types and how it has emerged as an area of public policy
  • Identify the key actors of cultural heritage governance
  • Evaluate the impacts of cultural heritage projects on cities
  • Explain the tensions between urban development and cultural heritage
  • Compare the governance of heritage in different cities or countries
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Cultures and Identities in Europe - Past, Present and Future

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Jérémie Molho

What is European identity? What do we understand and promote as European culture? On this course you will answer these questions and others as you critically consider the formation of diverse identities and cultures in Europe. You will explore fundamental European policies on culture, creativity and the media, and shed light on the importance of memories and shared heritage. You will also look at the policy behind European cultural and media industries and question current approaches to cultural creativity that rely heavily on economics.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Engage with current debates on what is ‘European identity’, what is ‘European culture’, and what it means to talk of them in the singular or the plural (cultures, identities).

  • Explain the relationship between notions of identity, memory, heritage, and culture.
  • Interpret main approaches to cultural heritage and the public use of history.
  • Identify European policies in the media and cultural sector.
  • Discuss critical approaches to cultural industries
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Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Nick Dines

Migration often makes headlines; it’s become a key issue of politicians worldwide. But what is the reality of migration? This course will introduce you to key challenges of irregular migration and asylum seeking worldwide. You’ll look at key cases from around the globe, including asylum seekers arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean and Syrian refugees in Turkey, Central American labour migration to the USA and the Rohingya refugee challenge in Southeast Asia.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Identify main terms and concepts used to discuss irregular migration and asylum
  • Discuss key case studies from different world regions
  • Explore future scenarios of international migration
  • Assess the challenges that international migration poses for different countries
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Why Do People Migrate? Part 2: Theories

By Anna Triandafyllidou and Nick Dines

In the second course, you will learn about different theoretical models that seek to explain why migration starts and why it continues. You will explore migration as a structural feature of our societies and examine individual’s choices to migrate. You will consider the role networks and institutions play in the movement of people. You will also hear from international experts about how migration theories can help us understand cases of labour migration in different world regions.

by the end of the course you’ll able to…

  • Identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration
  • Explore the main theoretical approaches
  • Explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries
  • Apply main theories to the interpretation of real case-studies
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Cultural Diversity and the City

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou and Jeremie Molho

Cities all over the world have embraced cultural and religious diversity, creating unique heritages. On this course you will investigate both ‘old’ and ‘new’ diversities in city heritage in four different continents. You will look at cities with a divisive heritage (Bristol as a slave port) and a post-migration heritage (such as Cologne in Germany). You will will also look at major post-colonial urban centres and how they used cultural diversity to revitalise inner city areas. You will also consider those cities that turn diversity into a branding tool, like Singapore or Doha.

What topics you will cover…

  • Contested heritage in cities
  • Protecting, preserving and transforming a diverse cultural heritage
  • Turning urban cultural diversity into an asset
  • Labelling / Branding cities and their heritage
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Course instructors 

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Jérémie Molho

Jérémie Molho

Nick Dines

Nick Dines