Last year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) announced that it would start offering free online courses, popularly known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in partnership with British-based MOOC provider FutureLearn.

UCT’s first MOOC is now open for registration for those interested.

‘Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare’ will start on 16th March and run over six weeks during which students will have access to recorded video lectures and online discussions and assignments.

Professors Susan Levine and Steve Reid will be leading the course’s six lectures.

“This course offers the universal appeal of being not just medical or about art but about larger questions of identity and humanity. The content will be captivating since the six teams, each of whom handle a separate lecture, are comprised of experts from such different fields,” said professor Reid.

“For example, in the lecture about the heart, we will be hearing from a heart surgeon, a poet and someone who has received a heart transplant. I think this provides a very exciting opportunity to break down the barriers between highly specialised disciplines and a general audience as well as provide us with more pedagogical insights.”

“The idea behind the course is to examine the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts,” said UCT. “This emerging field of medical humanities brings together vastly different disciplines to explore what similarities and differences exist between the way art and medicine approach their subjects. The course’s six lectures have titles like ‘The heart of the matter’, ‘Art and the brain’, and ‘Children’s voices and healing’. They will feature the expertise of poets, patients, oncologists, visual artists, surgeons and psychologists.”

UCT says over 2 000 students have registered for the course already but that there’s plenty more space for anyone with an interest in medicine, the arts or social sciences.

You can register Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare on the FutureLearn website.

[Source – UCT, Image – Shutterstock]