Arizona State University Online Course on Introduction to Sociology

Arizona State University is offering free online course on Introduction to Sociology. This eight-week course provides an understanding of how the formation and longevity of a society is possible when its members are diverse in their values, beliefs, preferences and agendas.

In this sociology course, you will learn about the social processes groups of all sizes follow to form, function and evolve over time. The course will start on August 15, 2016

Course description

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Sociology is about people. Each individual is unique and idiosyncratic. Yet, when we come together for a common purpose, we try to conduct ourselves in a manner that will achieve mutually desired outcomes. Sometimes we manage to achieve this; sometimes we don’t. Sociology is about that process. By understanding sociology and how we interact with each other, you can yield more personal and professional success

Length: 8 weeks
Effort: 18 hours/week
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: Arizona State University and edx
Languages: English
Level: Introductory
Price: Free. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on August 15, 2016

Eligibility:

  • Learner must enroll in the Verified Certificate option to be eligible for credit upon completion of the course
  • Learner must abide to all course and academic integrity policies throughout the entire course
  • Learner must receive a passing grade of a C or better in the course

Benefits of taking this course

  • Applicants will learn how sociology applies to your everyday life and helps you better communicate and understand people and your environment
  • This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate

Learning outcomes include:

  • Basic sociological theories and concepts
  • How sociology applies to everyday life and current events
  • Enhance your critical thinking and writing skills
  • Become more knowledgeable about and accepting of people who look different than you and have differing beliefs, opinions and perspectives
  • Improve your professional and personal communication skills

Instructor include

Lisa Grey Whitaker

Lisa is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She earned her BA in Sociology from ASU in 1974. her MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975 and 1979, respectively

Requirements

Prerequisites: None

How to join

  • Go to the course websitelink
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2016/2017 HKSAR Government Scholarships in Hong Kong for International Students

Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 HKSAR Government Scholarships in Hong Kong for International Students. The Government of Hong Kong is offering scholarships for local and non-local students for the academic year 2016/2017

Scholarship description

These scholarships are available for pursuing full-time degree programmes at participating universities in Hong Kong.

With a view to attracting outstanding local students to advance their studies at home and meritorious non-local students to pursue higher education opportunities in Hong Kong, the HKSAR Government established in 2008 the $1 billion HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund (the Fund) to recognize outstanding local and non-local students

The aim of education for Hong Kong is to promote students’ whole-person development and life-long learning capabilities. Education helps to unleash human potentials and enhance people qualities and the competitiveness of the HKSAR. The scholarships are available for pursuing full-time publicly-funded programmes at degree or above levels at the following participating institutions:

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and
  • The Vocational Training Council

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following guidelines as follows:

Talent Development Scholarship (TDS): To be eligible for the TDS, students must:

  • Be currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate and postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Receive an award in either inter-institution, local, regional or national event within recent three years (from January 1, 2012 – present) in one of the following areas with documentary proof: Sports and games; Music and performing arts; Culture, arts and design; or Innovation, science, and technology.

Reaching Out Award (ROA): To be eligible to apply for the ROA, students must:

  • Be currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate or postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Participate in an outreaching activity that is conducted outside Hong Kong in the academic year 2016/17 with proof of admission/enrolment.

Endeavour Merit Award: EMA shall be made on the basis of merits to students with SEN who:

  • Are currently pursuing full-time publicly-funded/UGC-funded undergraduate or postgraduate program
  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or equivalent, or
  • Have a recommendation from respective supervisor(s) (applicable for postgraduate research students); and
  • Are able to provide documentary proof of SEN

Note: Local and international students can apply for the scholarships and would have to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English. Scholarships are provided to study all the subjects offered by the university

Value

  • The scholarship is $40,000 per year for local students and $80,000 per year for non-local students
  • In 2011, the Government injected $250 million into the Fund to extend the benefit to students of full-time publicly-funded sub-degree programs offered by five institutions ( the programmes City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HKAPA and the Vocational Training Council) from 2011/12 academic year onwards.  The scholarship award for these sub-degree students is between $20,000 to $30,000 per year for both local and non-local students

How to apply

Participating institutions will nominate students for the selection by the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund Steering Committee. Interested students should apply for undergraduate study with participating higher education institutions

Application deadline

The application deadline varies from university to university

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2017 DAAD Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance in Germany

Applications are invited for the 2017 DAAD Master Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service is funding master scholarships in Public Policy and Good Governance at German institution in Germany. Students of Africa, Latin America, South Asia, South-east Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East can apply for these scholarships

Scholarship description

This programme is designed to further qualify future leaders in politics, law, economics and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind

Scholarships are for Master courses at a German institution of higher education. Before taking up Master studies the scholarship holders will be placed on German courses for normally 6 months (this also applies to scholarship holders in Master courses taught in English).The language courses take place at selected institutes in Germany and not at the universities. Scholarships are provided in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of applicant’s home country

Eligibility

  • The main criterion for selection is a convincing description of the subject-related and personal motivation for the study project in Germany and the expected benefit after the return to the home country
  • Very well qualified graduates with a first university degree (Bachelor or equivalent) who in the future want to actively contribute to the social and economic development of their home countries. The scholarships are offered both for young graduates without professional experience and for mid-career professionals. The scholarship scheme is open to candidates from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East
  • For Master courses taught in German or in German and English, good knowledge of German (ideally at completed A 2 level at the time of application) is an advantage for being able to pass the German language test required for admission to the Master programme at the end of the six-month preparatory German course. For courses taught in English, proof of good knowledge of English is required

List of Countries:

Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Latin America: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela

South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka:

Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Middle East: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Value

DAAD pays a monthly scholarship rate of currently 750 €. The scholarship also includes contributions to health insurance in Germany. In addition, DAAD grants an appropriate travel allowance as well as a study and research subsidy and in applicable cases rent subsidies and / or family allowances. DAAD-scholarship holders are exempt from tuition fees

How to apply

  • Please submit Application for the Master courses and for the DAAD scholarship solely to the Master courses they have selected at the respective universities. Please check the deadlines on the homepages of the selected Master courses. They are allowed to submit their application to up to three Master courses. Applications should be submitted with the following:
  • Motivation Letter containing a precise description of the applicant’s academic / professional and personal reasons for wishing to participate in the programme
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV) including information about precise field of study and, if applicable, description of job experience
  • Copies of all certificates
  • Recent language Certificates
  • Two letters of recommendation by university professors and/or current or former employers

Application deadline

The next application deadline is 31st July, 2016

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 2016 Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme in South Africa

Applications are invited for the 2016 Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship Programme in South Africa. The scholarship aims to provide educational opportunities to young postgraduate students from Africa. Mandela Rhodes Scholarship enables a Scholar to study at a South African tertiary institution registered with the South African Council on Higher Education for an accredited postgraduate degree programme. The Scholarship is awarded for one or a maximum of two years, currently for an Honours or Masters degree.

Scholarship description

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships aim to help in building leadership excellence in Africa. A Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is more than a bursary, though the costs of Scholars are generously covered during their period of study. The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young Africans who exhibit academic prowess as well as broader leadership potential an educational opportunity unique on the continent. mrf-logo

While pursuing their chosen post-graduate degree, each Scholar benefits from access to leadership development programmes, rooted in the principles underpinning the Foundation. In addition to the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of fellow-Scholars that spans the continent and academic disciplines, they become part of a wide-ranging network of young Africans of excellence who are expected to play leadership roles in their fields and societies in the years following their time ‘in residence’.

Eligibility

The following criteria apply in the selection of Mandela Rhodes scholars:

  • The scholarship is open to citizens of all African countries
  • The scholarship is for postgraduate study at a South African university or tertiary institution (Honours and Masters degrees only)
  • Any individual between 19 and 30 years of age may apply
  • Individuals that reflect in their character, a commitment to the four principles of Education, Reconciliation, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Applicants should have a history of well above average academic results.

Students from all African countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Value

The Scholarship benefits are as follows:

  • Tuition and registration fees as set by the institution
  • A study materials allowance as set by the MRF
  • Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF
  • A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF
  • Economy-class travel allowance for international Scholars only from the Scholar’s home to their institution at the beginning and back home at the end of their degree programme
  • Personal allowance.

How to apply

All applicants are to fill the Online Application Form and also apply via the Embark application system. The Scholarship programme will seek candidates who identify with the values expressed in the document ‘Characteristics Sought in a Mandela Rhodes Scholar’, further elucidated by the Trustees as follows.

  • Leadership
  • Reconciliation
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship

Successful applicants will be notified by the MRF

Application deadline

The application deadline is 15 June, 2015

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