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Free Online Course - Reading for Wellbeing Event

Futurelearn
Date:
5 September 2016
Venue:
Futurelearn - Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

For more information regarding this event, please email Futurelearn at feedback@futurelearn.com .

Event details

The great 18th century writer Dr. Samuel Johnson said "the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it". This free online course will explore how enjoying literature can help us to endure life. Taking Johnson's phrase as a starting point, the course will consider how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain. The reading load will be flexible, and you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and feelings via the online discussions with other learners. Six themes will be explored: Stress, Heartbreak, Bereavement, Trauma, Depression and Ageing.

About Futurelearn

Futurelearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobiles, tablets and desktops so you can fit learning around your life. They believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you're learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.

Futurelearn is a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. Futurelearn has over 89 partners from around the world. They include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as insitutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational materials, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School.

Futurelearn launched their first courses in September 2013 and since then 3,813,307 people have joined.

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