På den ikke-kommersielle MOOC-utbyderen EdX er det 3 kommende, spennende kurser, som er relevante for historieinteresserte folk. Jeg ser frem til dem!
EdX sine kurser går oftest over 2-3 måneder og er de MOOC kurser som mest ligner på almindelig universitetskurser i innhold og krav.
Flere kurser på Coursera og alle kursene på Open2Study er lettere kurser.
De fleste av de som har kurser på EdX bruker gratis tilgjengelig litteratur.
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«A Global History of Architecture: Part 1»
Kurset starter 17. september 2013 og er 13 uker langt.
Dette er et kurs om arkitektur gjennom tidene.
«This course is a history of architecture from a global perspective.
How do we understand architecture? One way of answering this question is by looking through the lens of history. This course will examine architecture through time, beginning with First Societies and extending to the 15th century. Though the course is chronological, it is not intended as a linear narrative, but rather aims to provide a more global view, by focusing on different architectural «moments.» The lectures will give students the appropriate grounding for understanding a range of buildings and contexts. The material in the lectures will be supplemented by readings from the textbook A Global History of Architecture. Each lecture analyzes a particular architectural transformation arising from a dynamic cultural situation. How did the introduction of iron in the ninth century BCE impact regional politics and the development of architecture? How did new religious formations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, produce new architectural understandings? What were the architectural consequences of the changing political landscape in northern Italy in the 14th century? How did rock-cut architecture move across space and time from West Asia to India to Africa? How did the emergence of corn impact the rise of religious and temple construction in Mexico? These are typical questions that the lectures will address.»
«Introduction to Human Evolution»
Kurset starter 25. september 2013 og det er 12 uker langt.
Dette er et kurs i antropologi.
«An overview of human evolutionary history viewed through the human fossil, archaeological and genetic records.
As contemporary humans, we are a product of our evolutionary past. That past can be directly observed through the study of the human fossil record, the materials preserved for archaeological study, and the DNA of living and extinct human populations. This course will provide an overview of human evolutionary history from the present–contemporary human variation in a comparative context–through our last common ancestor with the living great apes, some 5-7 million years in the past. Emphasis will be placed on major evolutionary changes in the development of humans and the methodological approaches used by paleoanthropologists and related investigators to develop that knowledge. The course will begin by asking basic questions about how evolution operates to shape biological variation and what patterns of variation look like in living humans and apes. We will then look at how the human lineage first began to differentiate from apes, the rise and fall of the Australopithecines, the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo, and eventually the radical evolutionary changes associated with the development of agricultural practices in the past 15,000 years. Throughout the course students will be exposed to the primary data, places and theories that shape our understanding of human evolution.»
«Was Alexander Great?»
Kurset starter 27. januar 2014, lengde på kurset er foreløpig ikke oppgitt.
Dette er et kurs i gresk historie (Antikken).
«Was Alexander Great? If so, how? If not, why not? This course explores the life, leadership, and legacies of history’s greatest warrior.
Alexander the Great conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks, fused the eastern and western peoples of his empire, and became a god – before his 33rd birthday. This course explores the life, leadership, and legacies of history’s warrior, and one of its most controversial leaders, an ambiguous genius whose story helps us to understand not only the history of warfare, but also different ideas about human sexuality, the history of relations between east and west, and the religious beliefs both of ancient polytheists and modern monotheists.»