Leiden University is offering free online course on Evolution Today. This course is aimed at anybody with a drive to obtain a deeper, broader, and pragmatic understanding of evolution, including high-school students, BSc (undergraduate) biology students, MSc (graduate) students from other disciplines, medical professionals, conservation officers and educators in museums, libraries, national parks, and schools.
In five weeks course, applicants will develop an understanding of evolutionary processes and their formative power. The course will start on February 5, 2018.
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Course At A Glance
Length: Five weeks
Institution: Leiden University and Coursera
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on February 5, 2018
Leiden University is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty.
About This Course
In this course you will learn how evolution works. You will develop an understanding of evolutionary processes and their formative power. You will see how evolution has shaped biodiversity, and continuously influences our daily life. Evolution impacts human endeavors as varied as medicine, agriculture, psychology, economy, and culture. It is the major unifying principle for biology and a fundamental natural law.
In five weeks University will make evolution accessible for you and help you to recognize evolutionary processes around you, in nature as well as in society. University will make use of the unique collection of Naturalis, the natural history museum in Leiden, but also take you to the field. Using classical and up-to-date examples, we will show you how scientists address evolutionary questions. In the last module, University will have a look at the future. How will humans evolve? And how do we influence our own evolution and that of other organisms?
Why take this Course
This course is free, and will remain free for participants. You can purchase a certificate.
The course is designed for everybody with interest in Evolution or biology in general. All the basics will be covered, so no academic knowledge on this subject is required. It might help when you graduated high school with biology, but it is definitely not necessary. People that like to learn how to do legitimate research in the Natural Sciences are also very welcome to join this course. This course is not meant for philosophical purposes. University does not discourage to discuss this topic on the forum, but our main approach is strictly scientific. They welcome everyone, but if you are not interested to learn about the science of evolution, this course is not for you. This course is free, and will remain free for participants. You can purchase a certificate.
How To Join This Course
- Go to the course website link
- Create a Coursera account to SignUp
- Choose “Register Now” to get started.