UAB entered the MOOC world seeking for consistency with its strategic plan. As stated in this plan, there is an aim to transfer scientific, technological, cultural and educational knowledge through quality teaching, as well as a clear international vision.
In this context, UAB considers MOOC are a way to achieve these goals, and after analyzing various alternatives, decided to enter Coursera, where the University operates since March 2013. In just over three years, the Autonomous University of Barcelona has become a reference in the world MOOC, both at Spanish and European level. Significantly, it is the only public university in the state that is inside this platform, where we can find only top-ranked universities such as Stanford, Princeton, Yale or Caltech for instance.
The IGOP is part of Coursera with two courses linked to the thematic fields and the experience accumulated over more than 10 years of experience.
Democracy and public decisions. Introduction to Public Policies Analysis
What are public policies? They are the most concrete expression of politics. What governments do, and fail to do, to address collective problems. This course is about how to decide which problems to tackle and which solutions to adopt. A primarily political and social process that usually escapes purely rational analysis.
Rated 4.8/5 by 1.286 users
Estimated time to complete it: 31h
Cities in crisis and new urban policies
Cities have become a focus of preferential interest for the analysis of public policies. With a growing concentration of people living in urban contexts, cities today are the scene of an exciting change of era that affects the social, political, economic and technological sphere. What do we mean when we talk about urban policies and what distinguishes them? and from other areas of public policy? What are the main factors of urban vulnerability and what responses are being articulated in the form of urban policies? How does innovation arise in the city, both from the base and from public administrations? And, finally, what effects has the irruption of the digital era had on the city?
Rated 4.7/5 by 219 users
Estimated time to complete it: 12h
Community ActionAcció comunitària. Approaches to social transformation
The course “Community Action. Approaches for social transformation” offers a global overview and a set of tools for analysing policies and acting critically in community dynamisation. We focus on social inequalities, ethics, principles in social public policies, as well as techniques for dynamisation and participation. If you are interested in the Master in Social Policy and Community Action, this MOOC will provide you with introductory tools.
Estimated time to complete it: 23h