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University of Bristol MOOC on Cultural Studies & Modern Languages

The School of Modern Languages of the University of Bristol is offering free online course on Cultural Studies and Modern Languages. Students who want to upgrade their higher studies in the same field can get better help after pursuing this course.

This four-week course will give you a taste of the university’s BA in Modern Languages where cultural studies play a key role in the degree alongside the study of foreign languages. The course will start on September 12, 2016.

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Course At Glance

Level: Introductory
Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours pw
Subject: English
Institution: Open University and Future Learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on September 12, 2016

Providers’ Details

University of Bristol is one of the leading institutions among the UK’s Russell Group of universities. The University of Bristol’s mission is ‘to pursue and share knowledge and understanding, both for their own sake and to help individuals and society fulfil their potential’. This is underpinned by a vision where the University of Bristol is an international powerhouse of learning, discovery and enterprise, whose excellence is acknowledged locally, nationally and globally. Applicants will get certificate after completion of this course.

About This Course

Are you interested in other countries? Do you want to study and understand other cultures? This free online course will take you on a journey through a number of periods from the medieval to the modern day, from Russia to Europe and all the way to Latin America.

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. University will offer you an understanding of how language and objects/artefacts can reveal insights into nations. You’ll get the chance to discuss these with other learners online, and enjoy further reading, writing and research opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Together University will explore eight countries by looking at some of the slogans, books, monuments and images which emerged from them over different historical periods. You will learn about the following topics:

  • Slogans: Franco Basaglia’s La libertà è terapeutica; Dolores Ibárruri’s ¡No pasarán!; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt euch!
  • Books: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables; Dante’s Inferno; Ladislav Fuks’s The Cremator
  • Monuments: The Holocaust Memorial; The Obelisk of Luxor; The Bronze Horseman
  • Images: Bouabdellah’s video artwork ‘Belly Dancing to the Marseillaise: French Identity in Video Art’; Shepherd’s map of the Habsburg Empire; The Quauhquechollan’s cloth painting


This course is ideal if you’re thinking about a degree in modern languages, although it is open to anyone. English is the only language needed.


Gloria Visintini

Language Director (Technology Enhanced Learning)  in the School of Modern Languages  at the University of Bristol

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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