Free Online Sociology (Other) Courses from Top Universities

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There are many online sociology courses offered for free by top universities, including Open University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A range of topics that deal with social science and economic issues are addressed in these courses.
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Free Sociology Courses

Courses in sociology are available for online study at two leading universities. Some of the concepts covered include social construction, arguments in social science and working in the new economy. Students in these classes have access to downloadable reading materials and many courses also include activity assignments.

Open University

A plethera of courses ranging from introductory to advanced are offered through this university's OpenLearn system. Classes that deal with industry and the economy allow students to explore innovation and how industries evolve, examine the cost of producing an item and how this cost changes with the introduction of new technology and increased sales, determine 'is there really a new economy or is it an industrial revolution?', and understand key issues and debates on how to apply economic theory.

Several courses on social science issues are also offered. Some courses present cultural assumptions that are part of the social sciences along with research methods used in the social sciences and how they are linked to philosophical reasoning. In other courses, students study what social scientists call the 'new economy', examine the positives and negatives of the new economy, gain an understanding of how arguments are presented in the social sciences, and learn about social policy.

A number of courses pertaining to research and analysis are also available for study. In these courses, individuals develop skills in researching using databases, electronic journals and the Internet, participate in discourse analysis, and perform photograph analysis for the purpose of acquiring social data.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Online learners at MIT can complete a free course on the study of consumer culture in 20th century America. Students in this class examine various topics, including why Americans love excess and how society defines the 'good life'.

Free Online Sociology (Other) Courses at a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Innovation, Markets and Industrial Change course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes Yes Yes
Information Technology: A New Era? course from Open University Intermediate Text Yes Yes Yes
Reading Visual Images course from Open University Introductory Text Yes No Yes
The Social in Social Science course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Living and Working in the New Economy course from Open University Intermediate Text No Yes Yes
Developing Reading Skills in Relation to the Social Sciences course from Open University Intermediate Text, Audio Yes No Yes
How Arguments are Constructed & Used in the Social Sciences course from Open University Intermediate Text, Audio Yes No Yes
Social Construction and Social Constructionism course from Open University Intermediate Audio Yes No Yes
Note Taking in Relation to the Social Sciences course from Open University Intermediate Audio Yes No Yes
Finding Information in Society course from Open University Introductory Text Yes No Yes
Economics Explains Discrimination in the Labor Market course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Themes in Discourse Research: The Case of Diana course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
American Consumer Culture course from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes

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    1. Colorado State University Global

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Colorado State University Global

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Keiser University

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Penn Foster High School

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Central Christian College of Kansas

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