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Free MOOC on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Parkinson’s Disease – starting in January

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The University of Birmingham has launched a range of MOOCs designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. In January 2014 we will be offering three courses: ‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a Short Introduction’, ‘Good Brain, Bad Brain Part 1 – Basics of the Brain’ and ‘Good Brain, Bad Brain Part 2 – Parkinson’s Disease’.

Our Shakespeare course introduces different aspects of Hamlet, looking at its original Elizabethan context, and its subsequent career as book, play and film. Part 1 of ‘Good Brain, Bad Brain’ is an introduction to the human brain, providing basic information and explanations for the non-specialist, while Part 2 focuses on one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases in the world, Parkinson’s disease.

Delivered in partnership with FutureLearn – the UK’s first MOOC provider established by the Open University – and by our very own world-class academics, our MOOCs will enable learners worldwide to sample the high-quality academic content available at Birmingham. Each course will last between three to six weeks and there will be no entry requirements for students. Please note the courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University. Further details about all of the courses can be found on our MOOC webpages, or you can register your interest on our MOOC Interest Registration page, or sign up with FutureLearn to receive information about registering for the courses.

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