Massive Open Online Course

Course MOOC Science Literacy. How Solid Science Can Help You Save the World

Course dates

The course is always available online. So, you can start when it's convenient.

Fee

The course is free. If you want to obtain a certificate, the fee is about 50 euros. 

Course information

This course will help you become scientifically literate so that you can make better choices for yourself and the world. Unlike other courses on statistics and scientific methods, we explore global challenges - such as poverty or climate change - and then discuss how key approaches of statistics and scientific methods can help tackle these challenges. We present these approaches in a non-mathematical and easily accessible way. You will leave the course being able to recognise which efforts to do good in this world actually work, and you will have used your science literacy to make some personal changes in your life.

Many current attempts to do good in this world are based on good intentions, but don’t work well, or are even harmful. In this course we talk to leading experts from academia, business and non-profit organisations about how we can use science to distinguish bad, good and even better ways of improving this world. We also invite you to change your own behavior to do more good. You will learn how to spot BS (bad science) in the media, how to evaluate whether a social program works or not, and how your career could have a better impact on this world.

Finally, you will develop your own plan on how you are going to do good better with science.

More information

Guest speakers include Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely, Philosopher Peter Singer, and Happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn.


Instructors

  • Portret Vera Schölmerich

    Vera Schölmerich

  • Portret Kellie Liket

    Kellie Liket

Contact

Vera Schölmerich

Course dates

The course is always available online. So, you can start when it's convenient.

Fee

The course is free. If you want to obtain a certificate, the fee is about 50 euros. 

Start date
No specific start date
Duration
5 weeks
Offered by
Erasmus University College | Erasmus University Rotterdam
Discipline
Other behavourial science and society
Instruction language
English
Mode of instruction
online

Registration

For more information and registration: Visit the Coursera website.