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Sociology Courses

Take free online sociology courses to build your skills and advance your career. Learn sociology, global societies and other in-demand subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society. It looks at human social relationships, how people interact in different settings or in response to different issues or challenges, how people organize themselves into communities, social institutions and more. Sociologists study all aspects of human behavior including cultural activities, communication, family relationships, social problems, education, war and conflict, religion, ethnic relations, sexuality, social networking and social change.

Online Sociology Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to sociology with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about social issues, human relations, social psychology and more 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 sociology 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 the following courses or programs.

Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research is a 6-part MicroMasters program from the University of Michigan that teaches key skills for working with individuals, communities and organizations to promote positive and impactful change. This program is perfect for individuals interested in starting or advancing a career in social work or a related field. Start with the first course that covers strategies for addressing challenging social justice issues and see if this program is right for you.

EdX offers multiple courses on human rights, from advocacy and defense to international human rights law. Learn more about human rights and the challenges people face around the world in Amnesty International’s self-paced online course, Human Rights Defenders. This 4-week, free program profiles incredibly people who have the courage to stand up to human rights abuses and injustice. Learn about the role of governments in protecting these individuals and find out how you can join others in defense of human rights around the world.

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