Massive Online Open Courses

Online courses

From time to time, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) organizes so-called Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

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).

Engagement and Impact through Massive Online Open Courses

Via our online courses we try to engage individuals with the ISS by giving a clear view of our innovative teaching methods that are freely accessible to anyone interested in the topic.

Engagement is a two-way process, with academics sharing their knowledge and facilitating discussions between people holding different opinions. We aim to strategically engage with other academic partners to create multi-disciplinary online open courses.

ISS offers the following MOOCs

  • Preparations for the MOOC When Disaster Meets Conflict

    New MOOC: When Disaster Meets Conflict

    This MOOC will teach you to develop accountable, high-quality and ethical responses to disaster in conflict-affected areas. The E-course is meant primarily for practitioners, but also open to students or otherwise interested people. It stimulates participants to think about humanitarian aid, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster response in contexts where conflict is ongoing, lingering, or has characterized the setting in recent times, as well as about the hard choices and dilemmas faced by humanitarian actors in conflict settings.

    Register here to follow the course.

  • 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?

    Register here to follow this course

  • Introduction to Economic Theories - 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 illustrates economic pluralism not only in substance but also in form.

    Register here to follow this course