Web Science Free Online Course by University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is offering free online course on Web Science: How the Web Is Changing the World. This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to further their understanding of the way that the technology of the Web interacts with our economy, society and culture.

In this two week course applicants will explore how the web has changed our world and what the future might hold, with this free online course introducing Web Science. The course will start on November 7, 2016.

Course At Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Web Science
Institution: University of Southampton and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on November 7, 2016

Providers’ Details

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world. From the birthplace of the technologies which drive the Internet to ground-breaking medical breakthroughs in conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and asthma, the University of Southampton has spent the last 60 years changing the world.

About This Course

You may already be an avid user of the Web, but this introduction to Web Science will help you better understand it as both a social and technical system – a global information infrastructure, built from the interactions of people and technologies.

This free online course is based on our experience of trying to understand how the Web has grown and changed through technical innovation, economics, politics and everyday use

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

In Week 1, University will ask what would happen if the Web was switched off right now. We’ll use this question to explore the history of the Internet and find out why we’re so dependent on it today. You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the course, by telling us how you use the Web in your part of the world.

In Week 2, University will look to the future, finding out how emerging trends – including big data, the semantic web and the Internet of Things – will change both the infrastructure of the Web and the ways in which we use it.

By following this course, applicant will have a greater understanding of the Web and begin to develop skills for the digital era – skills that are useful for everyday life and widely sought by the technology-driven employers of today.


This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to further their understanding of the way that the technology of the Web interacts with our economy, society and culture.


Leslie Carr

A Professor in the Web Science Institute and Director of Doctoral and Masters programmes in Web Science and Web Technology at the University of Southampton.

Susan Halford

She is a Professor of Sociology and a Director of the Web Science Institute . I teach on the Web Science undergraduate, MSc & PhD Programmes & research digital data & digital methods.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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