MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) are a great way of acquiring new knowledge. Below you will find course providers that are relevant to studying current affairs and global challenges. However, there are lots more out there, but hopefully you will find these suggestions useful. Whether you’re interested in climate change, crime, or inequality, you’re likely to find a course one of the below-mentioned MOOCs that will deliver.

You can find courses on Class Central or go to the individual course providers. Disclaimer: Tourists & Vagabonds works on establishing affiliate partnerships with the these content providers. As Tourists & Vagabonds is free to use, please consider supporting us by signing up for courses using these MOOCs (or by simply supporting one of our advertisers).

From Coursera’s “about” section:

“Coursera partners with more than 275 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. We offer a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.”


FutureLearn offers short courses, ExpertTracks, Microcredentials, and full online degrees on a wide range of topics.


From ed2go’s “Our story”:

“ed2go was founded in 1997 to provide quality education the fastest way possible — online. What began as an email correspondent program has grown into a leading online continuing education provider, reaching life – long learners in 50 states and more than 16 countries. We believe that anyone can learn, and we exist to empower lives through education.”


Offering primarily IT courses, Edureka is a serious MOOC as well. From the “About us” section:

“There are countless online education marketplaces on the internet. And there’s us. We are not the biggest. We are not the cheapest. But we are the fastest growing. We have the highest course completion rate in the industry.

And the reason is, we don’t give up. When a student commits to a course, we commit to the student. We are not going to sugar coat it – we will make you complete, come what may. You may not have given much thought to what you are signing up for, but we believe you are signing up for knowledge that is useful and complete. And what we do, we do to make that belief a reality. We are ridiculously committed to our students. Be it constant reminders, relentless masters or 24 x 7 online support – we will absolutely make sure that you run out of excuses to not complete the course.”