Massive Online Open Courses

Online courses

ISS online courses

From time to time, ISS organizes so-called Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Often organized in collaboration with EUR academic partners, these courses are freely accessible to anyone interested in the topic.

In 2017 we organized our first MOOC on an 'Introduction to Economic Theories'. In 2018 we organized a MOOC co-organized with the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies on Local Economic Development.

Our MOOCs:

  • are developed together with reputable partners;
  • are taught by renowned academics;
  • do not have entry requirements but will be especially useful to specific groups of students depending on the topic; 
  • can be taken at any time of the day and from anywhere online;
  • are self-paced and based on self-study but offer access to a community of online learners through forums and discussion boards;
  • are free to follow;
  • offer the chance to earn a certificate of completion (fees defined by the learning platform).

ISS offers the following MOOCs

Local Economic Development

Taught jointly by ISS and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, this MOOC will answer such questions as:

  • Why does economic development take place in some areas of the world and not in others?
  • Why doesn’t it happen in your place?
  • What prevents people from having the lives they want to live right there?
  • Could your region make more of the opportunities of globalization and new technologies?
  • Did the promises of decentralization in your country fail to deliver better public services and more responsive governments?

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Sustainable Economic Development - MOOC

Sustainable Economic Development - MOOC

Introduction to Economic Theories

Taught by Professor Irene van Staveren (ISS), Professor Rob van Tulder (Rotterdam School of Management) and PhD researcher Maria Dafnomili (ISS), this is the first online course to teach economics from a pluralist perspective. Economic pluralism means that a plurality of theoretical and methodological viewpoints is regarded as valuable in itself and is simply the best way in which economics can make progress in understanding the world. This MOOC will illustrate economic pluralism not only in substance but also in form.

Want to follow this course?

This course took place in 2017, but you can still enroll and watch the lectures online.