Money and Society MOOC

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* Course: Money and Society MOOC


A free online course at Masters-level will enable you to understand the past, present and future role of money in society.


"Concerned with the banking system? Bemused or fascinated by bitcoin? Starting a local currency? Whereas most courses on money are intended for people with an economics background or banking future, this course is for people who are interested in understanding money from a social innovation perspective – it prepares the ground for answering how to create a better future by reshaping money and currency.

The course is therefore highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon anthropology, sociology, history and heterodox economics. It is designed by Professor Jem Bendell PhD (IFLAS) and Matthew Slater BD (Community Forge), with additional tutoring by Leander Bindewald MA (IFLAS and NEF) and Stephen DeMeulenaere (Coin Academy)." (


"The MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) starts online on February 16th 2015 and runs for one month, with four lessons:

  • Lesson One: An introduction to money: functions, forms, and fallacies
  • Lesson Two: The history of money and its discontents
  • Lesson Three: The problems with mainstream monetary systems
  • Lesson Four: Alternatives"