New course to teach how modern museums can improve health and human rights

The world’s first ‘Massive Open Online Course’ (MOOC) in Museum Studies is to be launched by the University, providing people with the opportunity to learn about how the modern 21st century museum can contribute to agendas such as social justice, human rights and health and wellbeing.

The MOOC, 'Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum', has been developed by the School of Museum Studies in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and FutureLearn.

Starting on 1 June, the MOOC is free of charge and enables anyone to enjoy learning wherever they are, and whether they are enrolled at a university or not.

Speaking about the course, Dr Suzanne MacLeod (pictured), Director and Head of the School of Museum studies said: “This course is a new departure for the school but something that we were very keen to do. The ways in which people want to learn are changing and we wanted to understand more about that.”

Learners will experience a media-rich, social learning platform with the opportunity to discuss issues with thousands of other learners, and will be inspired through lots of newly created visual and audio content.

The online course lasts six weeks, there are no entry requirements, and it will entail about two hours of study per week.

The University has already developed two MOOCs, including one about Richard III and one about Forensic Science and Criminal Justice. In late June, the University will launch its fourth MOOC, ‘Real World Calculus: How Maths Drives Formula One and Launches Angry Birds’.

To register for the course, or find out more, visit the website.

Watch a video of Dr Suzanne Macleod describing the benefits of the 'Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum' MOOC below: