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Democracy Courses

Take free online courses in democracy and gain a better understanding of the systems and structures of democratic government.

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What is Democracy?

Democracy is a system of government where the majority of the members of a group create the rules for the entire group. No individual holds absolute power over the group. All members have the right to vote in free and fair elections to select leaders and enact laws that govern the group as a whole. Various forms of democratic government exist including direct democracy, representative democracy, parliamentary democracy, constitutional democracy and participatory democracy.

Online Democracy Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to democracy with online courses from MIT, Harvard and other major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about types of democracy in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in most courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started in with one of the following courses.

American Government from Harvard University is a 16-week, comprehensive introduction to U.S. government policies and institutions. Learn about the foundations of the U.S. political system including how the different branches of government operate and what drive’s America’s economic and foreign policies.

MIT’s Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa looks at how democratic political institutions have taken hold in over a dozen African countries over the past 20 years. Learn from African political leaders and academics about the opportunities, issues and challenges these countries have faced in the transition to democratic systems of government.

Explore these and other free online courses on democracy and government. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.