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Stanford University Courses

Stanford University is one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world. You can get a Stanford certification through the online courses below. These learning opportunities do not have any prerequisites and you can enroll and start anytime it suits you. All courses are available free to audit. You may choose to opt-in for a verified certificate for an extra fee. Financial aid is often available for those who qualify through the course provider.

Stanford University, U.S.A. is one of the best universities in the world, and below are some of their online courses spanning across many disciplines such as Law, History, Computer, Humanities, Medicine, Social sciences, Mathematics and logic, Economics & finance among others.

Designing Your Career

Designing Your Career is a Business & Management course lasting 5 weeks, with 2-5 hours weekly. If you’re interested in taking practical steps that’ll shape your career, then this course is for you. It’s composed of 5 career-oriented vocational theories using videos, personal reflection, as well as exercises. Use this effective and constructive design-thinking approach in exploring what’s next for you, or how to grow in a chosen field. Learn new ways of understanding and approaching network, and gain ideas on pursuing professional opportunity, and developing the connections needed.

Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law

Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law is a Law course which lasts 16 weeks, with about 4-6 hours weekly. It’s taught in English, and focuses on anti-discrimination law using a problem-based approach to examine it from the global viewpoint, i.e. by comparing different legal systems. It covers modules on marriage, hate speech, employment discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, and secularism and the rights of religious minorities. Learn about reproductive Rights, and all about the theories and sources of equality law.

Love as a Force for Social Justice

Love as a Force for Social Justice is an Arts and Humanities course which lasts approximately 32 hours over 6 weeks. Instructions are passed in English for this course centred on agape love as a force for social justice and action. Using a multidisciplinary approach, love will be looked at from the religious, biological, social and psychological perspectives. Explore love and its types; love and the biology of the brain; non-violent communication; love as a basic concept of religious and ethical beliefs; love applied in action; and poetic expressions of love as a social force.

Odyssey Planning

Odyssey Planning is a Business & Management course which lasts 4 weeks, with 1-3 hours weekly, and is taught in English. Learn how to create “Odyssey Plans” which are effective at helping you explore curiousities, such that you’re able to design whatever life you so desire. Use design thinking in the development of a constructive, yet effective approach for designing your vocation, or chosen career path. This module can be taken as a stand alone, or as part of the other courses on Designing Your Life by the Stanford Life Design Lab.

Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis

Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis is an advanced Social Sciences course which lasts for approximately 25 hours. What are the impacts of social anf networks on human behavior? How do networks form? Why do they exhibit certain patterns? These are questions which will be answered using techniques from other disciplines eg economics, maths, sociology, statistics, physics and computer science. Starting with background of these networks, and concepts used in their description and measurement, it builds up to models of how these networks form, and their impact on learning, behaviour etc. Gain skills in Social Network, Game Theory, Network Analysis, and Network Theory.

International Women’s Health and Human Rights

International Women’s Health and Human Rights is a Health course which lasts about 64 hours in total. Instructions are given in English with subtitles in English and Turkish. Women’s health and human rights is the focus of this course, which covers infancy through old age. It’ll also look into information and positive interventions into the issues affecting women. Interactive discussions will be utilized by the learners. Topics covered include female genital mutilation; HIV/AIDS; women in war and refugee settings; violence against women; women’s quest against poverty, among others. Skills will be gained in Health Education, Reproductive Health, Community Health, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Identifying and Responding to Developmental Delay in Young Children

Identifying and Responding to Developmental Delay in Young Children is a Medicine course lasting 1 week, with about 3 hours in total. This advanced course is targeted at any professions in healthcare, mental health, social service, and education which care for children and their families. Using videos, readings, and case-based learning, get the knowledge and tools needed to identify children at risk for developmental delay, so they can be referred for needed diagnosis and care. Learn how to make timely interventions, read and explain a family service plan, effectively communicate and support families through developmental screening processes.

Introduction to Logic

Introduction to Logic is a Math and Logic course lasting 54 hours, spread over 4 weeks. It is taught in English with subtitles in Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, Afrikaans, Chinese (Simplified), Polish, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Greek. Explore logic from the computational perspective. Learn how to encode and reason with information in the form of logical sentences, and also explore logic technology and its applications in varying disciplines, such as business, mathematics, engineering, law, science, among others. Gain skills in Relational Algebra, Problem Solving, Propositional Calculus, and Mathematical Logic.

Developing Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom

Developing Instructionally-Embedded Performance Assessments for the NGSS Classroom is an Education & Teacher Training course which lasts for 19 weeks, with 1-5 hours weekly. This is designed as a step-by-step guide for learners in using SNAP tools in the development of 3-dimensional performance assessments. Learn the procedures used in SNAP, in selecting phenomena, and developing a task to meet a set of criteria for high-quality assessment. Learners will engage in a peer feedback process with other developmental teams at two points within the course. You must have taken course 1 already, or had experience using NGSS Appendices E, F and G.

Principles of Economics

Principles of Economics is a Economics & Finance course which lasts 8 weeks, with 5-10 hours weekly. This is an introduction to the study of economics, and participants will explore the economic method of thinking, while learning about the functioning of a modern market economy. This course is divided into two parts, with the first part focusing on microeconomic analysis covering behaviour of consumers and firms, market analysis for goods and services, and policy choices affecting it; while the second part covers macroeconomic concepts, like employment, interest rates, inflation and national production.

Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: African American Populations

Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: African American Populations is a Medicine course lasting 1 week, with just 2 hours in total. It’s recommended that you initially take the first course in this series which acts as a primer, letting you in on guidelines, ethnic differences, and assessment of dementia as a whole. Dementia is the most common diagnosis in the older populations, hence there’s a need to pay attention to the assessment tools, as well as effective communication, in diverse popilations. This course will focus on providing information on assessment and care for dementia patients of the African American populations, as well as their families and caregivers.

America’s Poverty and Inequality Course

America’s Poverty and Inequality Course is an Economics & Finance course lasting 9 weeks, with 2-4 hours weekly. This course has no prerequisites, and deals with inequality and poverty in the United States of America. Income inequality, poverty, racial and gender inequality have reached such high levels at this point, and questions have arisen as to the cause, and ways of reducing it. This 8-module course uses videos, readings, research from the country’s leading scholars, and up-to-date findings and results, to explain what inequalities are increasing or decreasing, and what we owe these changes to.

 Living at the Nuclear Brink

Living at the Nuclear Brink is a History course which lasts for 10 weeks, with 1-4 hours weekly. The nuclear threat continues to evolve, and we are slowly but surely drifting towards a nuclear catastrophe as most don’t understand how serious the rangers of nuclear weapons are, and also the government is failing to take adequate preventive actions. This course is focused on warning learners of the impending dangers, and providing insight into avoiding them. Engage in discussions with world experts, and peers, and learn facts that’ll inspire you to act.

Comparative Democratic Development Part I: Conditions of Democracy

Comparative Democratic Development Part I: Conditions of Democracy is a Social Sciences course lasting 7 weeks, with 3-6 hours weekly. It’s important that you have an interest in democracy; its structures, development, and institutions, to take this course. This is part of a series which looks into different factors that both cause and hinder development and consolidation of democracy. These factors are social, economic, political, institutional, cultural, and international. Learners will learn to relate historical development of a particular region to the theories about democratic development, and evaluate same.

Comparative Democratic Development Part II: Structuring Democracy

Comparative Democratic Development Part II: Structuring Democracy is a Social Sciences course lasting 6 weeks, with 3-6 hours weekly. This course is designed as a continuation to part 1, so endeavour to start with it. Following the initial course which took an actor-centred approach in explaining democracy, this part takes on a political approach asking two very important questions centred on liberal democratic institution design and sustaining liberal design, and on democratic institutional reform and sustaining democracy. Other things looked into are external actors and influences in democratic reform, and democracy promotion.

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism is a History course which lasts for 5 weeks, with 1-5 hours weekly. Follow the exploration of Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and a team of international experts as they investigate evidence to assess the threat of nuclear terrorism. Learn the consequences of a nuclear terror attack, and how to prevent or mitigate the risk of it ever happening. Learners will be faced with a challenge to find a way forward, or out of this predicament using books, articles, videos and weblinks provided. Participate, and get adequate experience.

American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

American Prophet: The Inner Life and Global Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a History course which lasts 11 weeks, with 2-4 hours weekly. This course which focus on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. using documents and resources that have survived him, is open to everyone passionate about American history. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a minister turned civil rights activist recognized globally as an inspirational orator and a passionate advocate of nonviolent civil disobedience. Learn how he inspired the civil rights movement; influence of his public and private life on his world-view and legacy, how to use an essential technique of historical analysis, and how to combine documents, facts, and context to gain a deeper understanding of history.

Mining Massive Datasets

Mining Massive Datasets is a Computer Science course lasting 7 weeks, with 5-10 hours weekly. This course is designed specially for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Computer Science. Minimally, you should have had courses in Data structures, Algorithms, Database systems, Linear algebra, Multivariable calculus, and Statistics. Participants will learn topics centred on MapReduce systems and algorithms, Social-network graphs,  Locality-sensitive hashing, Frequent itemset analysis, Clustering, Algorithms for data streams,  Recommendation systems, Computational advertising, Dimensionality reduction, PageRank and Web-link analysis, and Machine-learning algorithms.

Health Across the Gender Spectrum

Health Across the Gender Spectrum is a Medicine course which lasts just 2 hours. There are no prerequisites for this course as it caters to all specialties and anyone who cares about children and wants to make the world better for them. This course follows an intimate, story-based approach to cover the experiences of six transgender children and their families. Using illustrated stories, and videos, participants will better understand gender identity and the gender spectrum; develop empathy for, and greater understanding of the experience of transgender individuals; and combine supportive care in managing the health needs of all transgender individuals.

Essentials of Program Strategy and Evaluation

Essentials of Program Strategy and Evaluation is a Philanthropy course which lasts 4 weeks, requiring an effort of 5-10 hours weekly. Participants will get an introduction into the strategic framework which underlies social programs, regardless of its purpose – health, drug abuse, education or environment- so long as its offered by a non-profit organization or government agency. Learn the essentials of nonprofit, and philanthropy strategy; apply the fundamental elements of strategic planning to real-world problems; develop strategies to inform your work as a philanthropist, nonprofit leader, or policy maker, ensuring you achieve long-term impact.

 Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach

Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach is an Environmental Studies course which lasts about 10 hours, and can be covered in 1 week. This course has no prerequisites, however it’s recommended that you download InVEST and GIS software (either QGIS or ArcGIS). To sustain and live a fulfilled life, people often depend on nature, yet the values of nature are usually ignored in decision-making processes. Using the approaches of mapping and modeling ecosystem services, we can explore the various benefits nature provides, as well as how they change depending on management options. This course uses specific examples to illustrate how the NCP approach has worked in each case, showcasing  methods and tools used in implementation.

 COVID-19 Training for Healthcare Workers

COVID-19 Training for Healthcare Workers is a Medicine course which lasts 2 weeks, with about 1-10 hours weekly. With the pandemic rapidly spreading, gain knowledge needed to recognize, stabilize and treat patients as a healthcare provider. This course uses an evidence-based approach to help the healthcare professionals save lives, while summarizing guidelines, signs and symptoms, early stabilization of patients, prevention of the need of intubation, and ventilator management of patients. Learn how to apropriately position and provide supplemental oxygen to patients with dyspnea, and administer oral and inhaled therapeutics in COVID-19 patients.

Disaster Medicine Training

Disaster Medicine Training is a Medicine course lasting 8 weeks, with 1-2 hours weekly. As an emergency response healthcare provider, there’s a level of disaster medicine knowledge required, and that’s what this course brings to you. This course was developed through SEMPER, Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response, who focus on developing nimble medical teams that could “load and go” into a disaster scene within 24 hours of a call and to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours. This course uses video lectures with questions and case scenarios following each module. You will take an overall pre-test before you start the course, and a post-test after you complete all the modules. A score of 80% or higher on your post-test will earn you a Statement of Accomplishment.

Game Theory

Game Theory is a beginner level Social Sciences course which lasts for 12 hours. It is taught in English, with subtitles in English and Chinese (Simplified). Game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Beyond what is called`games’ in common language, it includes the modeling of conflict among nations, competition among firms, political campaigns, and trading behavior in markets. The course will offer the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games, and more. Gain skills in Game Theory, Backward Induction, Bayesian Game, and Problem Solving

Game Theory II: Advanced Applications

Game Theory II: Advanced Applications is an advanced level Social Sciences course taught in English for about 9 hours, over 5 weeks. Using videos, readings and quizzes, learn how to achieve good social outcomes via design interactions between agents. Topics covered include: Social choice theory (i.e., collective decision making and voting systems), where the problem of bringing together different agents’ preferences is dealt with, using notable theoretical results; Mechanism design and efficient mechanisms; and Auctions, where we look into the problem of scarce resource allocation among self-interested agents, after which a final exam is conducted.

The courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.