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


  • 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


Prerequisites: None

How to join

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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


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


  • 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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2016 Do School Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs

Applications are invited for the 2016 Do School Fellowship Program for Social Entrepreneurs

The Program invites 20 young entrepreneurs to spend 10 weeks on campus in Berlin (15 May – 24 July 2016) to learn how to launch own social venture. Individuals from around the globe are eligible to apply and they will move on to implement their venture over the course of the next 10 months in their home country, while receiving continued online support via the DO School online platform

Program description

The DO School is a global educational platform dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and good business

The DO School’s mission is to make excellent education highly affordable. Through its unique fellowship model every Fellow accepted onto the Entrepreneurship for Good Program receives an automatic scholarship covering the vast majority of the program cost. This is made possible through the support of the Challenger who gives the hands-on innovation Challenge

This is a ten-week programme. Over the ten weeks of the Incubation Phase, Fellows will work on a Challenge posed by their Challenger. This process is supported by their Challenge Lab, a course which offers skills, knowledge and tools necessary to successfully solve the Challenge. The Venture Lab is the second major focus of the Incubation Phase, in which Fellows will work on turning their own venture idea into a viable social start-up plan that is ready for implementation

The program takes place in two phases, the ten-week Incubation Phase on campus (Germany) and the ten-month Implementation Phase in the Fellows’ home countries


Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of being passionate about addressing social issues and creating and spreading innovative social change. They welcome applications from people with all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds

  • Applicants should be between 21 and 31 years old. This means on the first day of the program they are least 21 years old and no older than 31. If they are not legally of age in their home country at the time of application, they will have to supply a permission signed by a parent or legal guardian for the application to be valid
  • Successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of HR, psychology, intrapreneurship, happyness experts, organisational development, UX design
  • It is central to their mission that Do School offer inclusive educational opportunities to talented young adults. They support them regardless of their socioeconomic or educational background and encourage them, no matter if they are a university student or graduate or don’t have a higher education
  • Since the Business for Good Program is conducted in English, it is required that applicants apply in English and have a good working knowledge of the language
  • Individuals from around the globe are eligible to apply

English Language Requirement: Since the Business for Good Program is conducted in English, Do School require for applicant to apply in English and to have a good working knowledge of the language


A total of 5,000 EUR are awarded to the three most convincing venture plans after Fellows have successfully finished the first 10 weeks in Berlin

How to apply

Applications for the Entrepreneurship for Good Program are always for a specific Challenge and can only be completed during the stated application period of that Challenge. Applications are completed through this Online Application

Application deadline

Applications for the Program can be submitted until 11 February, 2016

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2016/2017 Young Leaders’ Programme (YLP) in Japan for Master Students

mextApplications are invited for the 2016/2017 Young Leaders’ Programme (YLP) in Japan for Master Students. Scholarships are available for international students to pursue master’s program in the field of Public Administration/ Public Policy from October 2016 in Japan

Programme description

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) provides the Young Leaders’ Programme (YLP). The programme aims to cultivate national leaders of the future in Asia and around the world. In addition, while enhancing the participants’ understanding about Japan, it should help form a network among national leaders, contributing to the establishment of friendly relations and improved policy planning activities worldwide, including Japan

Approximately 20 students will be selected


  • Nationality: Applicants must be nationals of countries eligible for the YLP (School of Government)
  • Age: Applicants must be, in principle, under 40 years of age, as at 1 October, 2016 (i.e. born on or after 2 October 1976)
  • Academic Background: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized/accredited university or college, and have achieved/shown excellent academic performance
  • Work Experience: At least 3 years of full-time work experience in public administration (preferably 5 years or more)
  • English Proficiency: A minimum TOEFL-iBT score of 79 (TOEFL-PBT score of 550), IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Health: Applicants must be in good health
  • Visa Requirement: In principle, selected applicants must acquire “College Student” (ryuugaku) visas before entering Japan. The visas should be issued at the Japanese legation, located in the country of applicants’ nationality.  Note: Applicants who change their resident status to any status other than “College Student” after their arrival in Japan will immediately lose their status as a Japanese government scholarship student

Applicants who are in the following categories are not eligible. If identified after acceptance of the scholarship grantees, the applicants will be required to withdraw from the scholarship:

  • If an applicant is a service member or a civilian employee registered on the active military list at the time of his/her arrival in Japan
  • Those who cannot arrive in Japan during the period designated by accepting universities
  • If an applicant is, in principle, currently enrolled in a Japanese university or other type of school with the resident status of “College Student,” or will be enrolled in a Japanese university, etc. as another source or self-financed international student between the time of application for this scholarship in his/her country and the time the scholarship period is due to begin
  • Those who will lose their status as public administrators or government officials following the time of application or before completion of the programme

Students from the following countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship:

P. R. China, Rep. of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey


  • Allowance: Each grantee will be provided monthly with 242,000 yen during the term of the scholarship. However, the amount of allowance will be subject to change depending upon the annual budget of the Japanese government for each fiscal year. The scholarship will not be paid to a grantee that takes a leave of absence or is long absent from the assigned university
  • Traveling Costs:
    1) Transportation to Japan: Each grantee will be supplied in general, accounting to his/her itinerary and route as designated by MEXT, with an economy-class airplane ticket from the international airport nearest to his/her home address* to Narita or Haneda International Airport. Expenses such as domestic transportation from his/her home address to the international airport, airport tax, airport usage fees, special taxes on travel, or inland transportation within Japan will NOT be supplied.
    2) Transportation from Japan: The grantee who returns to his/her home country within the fixed period after the expiration of his/her scholarship will be supplied, in general, upon application, with an economy-class airplane ticket for the travel from Narita or Haneda International Airport to the international airport nearest to his/her home address
  • School Fees: Fees for matriculation and tuition will be paid by the Japanese government
  • Accommodations:
    1) In principle, grantees may reside at residence halls provided by GRIPS.
    2) Private Boarding Houses or Apartment Houses: Those who cannot accommodate in the facilities described above will be arranged at private boarding houses or apartments recommended by the GRIPS Student Office

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following documents to their recommending authorities by the designated date. Documents submitted will not be returned

  • Application for Admission
  • Photographs
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Recommendation Letter from the recommending authority
  • Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s direct superior at work
  • Recommendation Letter from the applicant’s superior at work, or supervising professor of the university
  • Certificate of Health
  • Official degree certificates or certified copies of diplomas from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • Essay explaining applicant’s aspirations and future plans following program  completion
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Family Register
  • Copy of the Passport
  • English Proficiency Certificate
  • Answer to the Essay Questions

Based on the recommendation of authorities, GRIPS will select initial candidates from among applicants by means of an interview, and a review of the submitted documents. If it is not possible to hold an interview in the applicant’s home country, an interview may be conducted by telephone or the Internet. Those who have been selected initially by the participating universities will be put forward to the YLP committee established by MEXT for the final selection

Application deadline

The deadline of the applications differs according to the country. Please contact with Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country

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2016/2017 UNESCO/Czech Republic Co-Sponsored Fellowships Program

logo_70Applications are invited for the 2016/2017 UNESCO/Czech Republic Co-Sponsored Fellowships Program. Selection will be made on a competitive basis and priority will be given to applicants who, apart from meeting the academic qualifications required, opt for the fields of study enumerated. There is no possibility to change neither the field of study nor the study program once the fellowship is awarded.

Scholarship description

In order to promote human resource capacities in the developing Member States and to enhance friendship among peoples of the world, the Government of the Czech Republic has placed at the disposal of UNESCO three long-term fellowships for undergraduate studies (which comprises the Bachelor’s and Master’s study programs for the academic year 2016/2017) for the benefit of certain developing Member States. Neither a citizen of the Czech Republic, nor a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permanent residence permit on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore be granted this type of scholarship.

The academic year in the Czech Republic is divided into two semesters: winter semester and summer semester. Winter begins in September, and the summer semester starts in February. Undergraduate studies (Bachelor’s study program) take 3 to 4 years to complete, and a master’s study program from 4 to 6 years long. Candidates who wish to study in the fields of natural resources and environment, forestry water and landscape management, technology and environmental engineering, economics and finance would be given priority


  • There is no possibility to change neither the field of study nor the study programme once the fellowship is awarded
  • The donor country highly recommends the following field of studies: Natural Resources and Environment, Forestry Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, Water and Landscape Management, Economics and Finance, Environment, Ecology and Environmental Protection, Informatics, Engineering Informatics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering. Preference will be given to students who will take these fields of study
  • These fellowships are tenable in a selected number of universities in the Czech Republic for a maximum duration of 3 to 6 years
  • The studies being conducted in Czech language; the candidates to benefit from these fellowships will be required to take a special language and preparatory course before starting their studies
  • The Czech language course will be provided by the Charles  University in Prague
  • Foreign students can apply for these scholarships.


Facilities offered by the Government of the Czech Republic include:

  • Tuition is free of charge
  • A monthly allowance of 14,000 Czech Crowns (1 euro = approximately 25 crowns) for students undertaking bachelor and master’s study programs (Should this allowance be considered insufficient, the applying Member State may consider granting a partial contribution, or, the candidate may have to seek other funds from private sources to complement this allowance)
  • Accommodation at the student dormitories at reduced rates (to be paid by the fellow out of the allowance mentioned in (b) above)
  • Access to meals (to be paid with the monthly allowance) in the student dining halls
  • Access to discounts for urban transportation
  • The Ministry of Health provides medical care to fellows.
    (Note: The facilities [3] are provided under the same condition as for Czech students, i.e. at a relatively lower price.)

Facilities offered by UNESCO

  • UNESCO will cover international travel expenses within the framework of the Fellowships Program under the Regular Program. Upon selection of the candidates, UNESCO will undertake the necessary action to authorize tickets to the beneficiaries before their departure for the Czech Republic.  And
  • A special one-time allowance of US$200 to cover transit and other miscellaneous expenses

How to apply

  • The mode of applying is through the Online Application .
  • All applications should be endorsed by the relevant Government body (such as the National Commission or Permanent Delegation)
  • Applications must be made on a Czech fellowship application form, filled out in English in electronic form until 30 September 2015
  • The contact person at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague, who will stand ready to assist you on any further queries related to the Program, is Ms Veronika Hirzel, email:, tel. + 420 224 182 916. Please note that all correspondence should be in English
  • The registration will be open for application until 30 September 2015 (Midnight Paris Time)
  • After filling out the application, the candidate is requested to submit an online motivation letter and take a test
  • Detailed information on the terms and conditions of scholarship awards is provided in the binding “Guidelines for Granting Scholarships of the Government of the Czech Republic”, issued in English and French (check scholarship page to download the PDF format)

Selection will be made on a competitive basis and priority will be given to applicants who, apart from meeting the academic qualifications required, opt for the fields of study enumerated above. It is important to note that there is no possibility to change the field of study or the study program once the fellowship has been awarded.  We would also wish to emphasize that only applications with complete documentation shall be considered for evaluation

Application deadline

The application deadline is 30 September, 2015

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