Courses to help you understand the modern world

In this post we share the best for courses for making sense of the modern world.

In a world that only seems to get faster, more complicated and more confusing it can be hard to understand how modern issues affect you, and how you can respond. So to help, we’ve collected some of the best courses to help you address the big challenges of modern life.

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Improve your health and wellbeing

Every year in the UK we lose 11.7 million working days to stress (HSE). It causes and worsens range of health problems including headaches and stomach issues. But in a frantic world how can we avoid stress and anxiety? The short answer is we can’t. But we can learn strategies to improve our general wellbeing so we’re better prepared to handle stress when it comes along.

Explore ways to improve your wellbeing with these courses:

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
Exploring play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life
Strategies for Successful Ageing
Social Wellbeing


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Go beyond today’s headlines

Often it feels like the world lurches from one crisis to another, leaving us all behind in understanding political, economic and social issues. If you want to go beyond the headlines and become more informed about modern problems we’ve got courses on everything from the state of Europe, to modern slavery.

Get to grips with modern issues with these courses:

Finance Fundamentals: Financial Services after the Banking
European Culture and Politics
Ending Slavery
New Energy Technologies
Energy, the Environment and Our Future


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Understand the impact of globalisation

Globalisation has increased how connected we are, the flow of goods and services across the world and the interaction of cultures. As globalisation continues to transform business, now is the time to learn how it works and what it might mean for your professional life across the next decade.

Understand the impact of globalisation with these courses:

Supply Chains in Practice: How Things Get to You
International Affairs: Globalisation
How to Succeed in the Global Workplace
The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management


Explore our relationship with technology

Maybe you’re reading this post on your smartphone – you know, the supercomputer you keep in your pocket that allows you access to almost all of humanity’s collective knowledge with just a few taps! The astonishing speed at which technology has transformed our lives in recent years can be overwhelming, leaving us with little time to actually think about its implications. What makes good technology? How can we build tech that helps us, not slows us down? Whether you’re a digital native or not, we’ve got courses to answer your questions.

Get answers about technology with these courses:

Understanding Information and Technology today
The Philosophy of Technology and Design
Introducing Robotics: Robotics and Society


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Find your place in the modern world

It’s unsurprising sometimes many of us feel a little lost in today’s world. Over half of the global population live in ‘urban areas’ (WHO), and predictions say that this number is set to increase as our populations continue to boom. Find your place in the world by discovering more about the future of habitation or exploring how modern maps are helping us understand the world in more depth.

Courses to help you find your place in the modern world:

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution
Planetary Urbanisation: Global Challenges in a Changing World


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  • tomasito g. umali

    I completed the Future Learning course of Online Business Planning last August 2016. However, I failed to order for the Certificate of Completion. How do I go about the order and payment?
    Thank you, Lily, for updating me on other courses, which I forwarded to family members and friends.