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5 Top Online Courses on Social Innovation and Social Justice

We have compiled 5 free Massive Open Online Courses on Social Innovation and Social Justice offered by two renowned universities. Paid verified certificates issued by the related universities are available through Coursera.

Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation (University of Capetown)

Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation is an online course offered through the University of Capetown. Intended for individuals working in social innovation or social entrepreneurship or who want to learn more about it, the course teaches how to identify social change problems, develop plans to address them and employ resources to put the plans into action. The class lasts for 6 weeks and has no prerequisites.

The course is offered at no cost. Students who require a verified certificate of completion will be required to pay a fee. Financial aid is available for those who have a verifiable financial need.

Creativity, Innovation, and Change (Pennsylvania State University)

Creativity, Innovation, and Change is an online course offered by Pennsylvania State University. The course was developed with the help of 200,000 individuals interested in creative diversity and is offered continuously throughout the year. Lasting for 6 weeks, the class discusses creative innovation, creative diversity, the CENTER model, value creation and social change and is intended for individuals interested in social entrepreneurship. To be successful in the course, students will need to spend 3 to 5 hours per week watching the online videos and completing the required assignments. A Certificate of Completion is available at the end of the course for a nominal fee.

Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom (University of Pennsylvania)

Revolutionary Ideas: Utility, Justice, Equality, Freedom is an online course offered by the prestigious University of Pennsylvania in the United States. The course examines what the purpose of government is, why a State is necessary, what the ideal State is and how individuals can work to bring the ideal State to life. Combining elements of philosophy, political science and law, the class discusses happiness and welfare, justice, equality and freedom. The class requires 5 weeks to complete with course material delivered in the form of online videos. Those who successfully complete the class can pay a small fee for a verified certificate of completion.

Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons (University of Pennsylvania)

Revolutionary Ideas: Borders, Elections, Constitutions, Prisons is an online course offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in the United States. The course examines social justice topics from philosophical, political scientific and legal perspectives, discussing political community and borders; representatives, elections and lotteries; constitutions and crimes and punishment. Students will need to devote time every week to watching online videos and completing short assignments to complete the 5-week course successfully. The class is free, but those who require a certificate of completion will be required to pay a small fee for the service.

Revolutionary Ideas: An Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy (University of Pennsylvania)

Revolutionary Ideas: An Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy is an online course taught by the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. The course takes an in-depth look into the philosophies that have shaped law and politics in the 20th century. During the 6 week course, students will be introduced to the work of philosophers Ayn Rand, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Angela Davs, José Martí, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill and more. Students will need to spend 4 to 7 hours per week watching online videos and completing supplementary readings and short assignments to successfully pass the course.

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