University of Oslo Free Online Course on ‘Academic Freedom and Its Importance’

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Partially FundedSelf Funded
  • Duration 3 Weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 54547
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Course introduction

The University of Oslo and Scholars at Risk Network have jointly developed this course on “Dangerous Questions: Why Academic Freedom Matters?” which will explore the meaning of academic freedom and how it relates to critical higher education and societal values.

Nowadays, academic freedom is a core value in modern higher education and research. Therefore, through this course, you’ll learn how we can use academic freedom to ask critical questions and contribute to building a democratic society.

Besides, you’ll explore the importance of free and open research and understand why academic freedom is crucial for maintaining the quality and relevance of research in higher education. Finally, you learn about some of the existing threats to academic freedom and how this belongs to the academic community worldwide.

Course details:

  • Course developer: University of Oslo (UiO) and Scholars at Risk Network
  • Language of Teaching: English
  • Course provider: Future Learn
  • Course type: Online and self-paced
  • Subject: Politics and Society
  • Price: Free with limited access, monthly subscriptions: $27.99 or Buy this course: $44 one-off payment
  • Course length: 3 weeks (3 hour weekly)
  • Start date: Available now
  • Free access to this course will expire on: October 3, 2022

Course instructors

See the list of course educators here.


What topics will you discuss?

  • Definitions of academic freedom that are both traditional and socially active
  • Academic freedom in connection to other basic objectives of higher education
  • What academic freedom does and does not encompass
  • Threats to academic freedom in various contexts
  • Threats to academic freedom and their consequences
  • Academic freedom is critical to democratic countries.
  • How you may help to strengthen basic higher education ideals at your home institution and in collaborations
  • How you can assess and respond to situations involving key higher education values.

Who is the course for?

This course best suits students and staff in the higher education sector, but it will be relevant for anyone eager and determined to ask critical questions.

What will you achieve?


When the course is finished, you’ll be able to…

  • Describe what academic freedom is, along with any associated values, and how they relate to one another.
  • Recognize obstacles to and dangers to academic freedom in various circumstances.
  • Analyze the best ways to promote and protect academic freedom.
  • Show how crucial academic freedom is to the advancement of society.
  • Apply response strategies for situations where academic freedom is at risk.

Course benefits

  • 100% online and taught by leading university
  • Access to this course for 3 weeks

How to join?

You can apply and join this course by completing a registration in the below link.

Enroll Now

To learn more about University of Oslo Free Online Course on ‘Academic Freedom and Its Importance’, please visit FutureLearn’s website.

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