Faculty of Arts

Ending Slavery free online course

The world’s first ever massive open online course about contemporary slavery

Open for registration now

  • Four-week course starting on 8 May 2017.
  • Delivered by experts at the cutting edge of human rights research.
  • Free and open to anyone; no prior knowledge is necessary.
  • Help to make a difference and end slavery.

Taster film for the Ending Slavery course


About the course

There are more slaves alive today than at any point in history. Around the world, nearly 46 million people are forced to work against their will for no pay. Responding to this challenge over the past 20 years, a new antislavery movement has shown us that a world without slavery is possible. Now is your chance to learn about this major human rights issue with the world’s first online course about contemporary slavery.

Zoe Trodd interviewed for BBC Radio Nottingham on Ending Slavery online course

Learn from experts in the field

The course, delivered on the FutureLearn platform, features research and teaching from experts in human rights and in past and present antislavery.

Professor Kevin Bales, world-leading expert on contemporary slavery and one of the leaders of the antislavery movement

Professor Zoe Trodd, a leading expert on antislavery

Dr. Katie Donington, a slavery historian

Register and find out more about Ending Slavery here

Studying Slavery at Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has recently launched a new taught Masters course in Slavery and Liberation.

If you are interested in this MA please see our prospectus for more information:

MA in Slavery and Liberation


Also of interest

Research into Rights and Justice at Nottingham

Centre for Research in Race and Rights

Antislavery Usable Past project

Antislavery Then and Now blog


This is the blog of the Antislavery Usable Past project. The project is a partnership between the Universities of Nottingham, Hull and Queen’s Belfast. We are exploring how the successes and failures of the antislavery past can be useful to the antislavery present.

Visit the Antislavery Then and Now blog

Join the conversation on social media

Use the hashtag #FLslavery to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course, or follow us on Twitter.


Faculty of Arts

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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