På Coursera er det også flere historie-relevante kurser på vei. Emnene er antropologi, verdenshistorie, Kinas historie og romersk arkitektur.
«A New History for a New China, 1700-2000: New Data and New Methods, Part 1»
Kurset starter 22. juli 2013 og det varer i 4 uker.
The purpose of this course is to summarize some of the new directions in Chinese history and Chinese social science produced by the discovery and analysis of new historical data, in particular archival documents and datasets, and to organize this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.
Our course demonstrates how a new scholarship of discovery is redefining what is singular about modern China and modern Chinese history. The current understanding of human history and social theory is based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. This course offers alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience during the last three centuries. We present specific case studies of the new scholarship of discovery divided into three independent parts, which means that students can take any Part without prior or subsequent attendance of the other Parts. Part 1 addresses the issue of “Who Gets What” and covers sequentially inequality and education, education and social mobility, social mobility and wealth distribution, and wealth distribution and regime change. Part 2 turns to the related issue of “Who Survives” and includes studies of inequality and population behavior, population behavior and human development, human development and social organization, and social organization and social stratification. Part 3 deals with issues of identification and motivation and presents studies of religion and gender, ethnicity, and nationalism from late imperial times to the present-day.
Our class eschews the standard chronological narrative arc for an analytic approach that focuses on specific discoveries and on how these new facts complicate our understanding of comparative societies, human behavior, and the construction of individual and group identities. That being said, while we do not emphasize the temporal narratives of late imperial, early modern and contemporary China, we of course also discuss change over time as China progresses from a largely domestic imperial history to the shared stories of imperialism and semi colonialism, communism and collectivization, and reform and globalization.
«A Brief History of Humankind»
Kurset starter 11. august 2013 og det varer i 17 uker.
The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.
About 2 million years ago our human ancestors were insignificant animals living in a corner of Africa. Their impact on the world was no greater than that of gorillas, zebras, or chickens. Today humans are spread all over the world, and they are the most important animal around. The very future of life on Earth depends on the ideas and behavior of our species.
This course will explain how we humans have conquered planet Earth, and how we have changed our environment, our societies, and our own bodies and minds. The aim of the course is to give students a brief but complete overview of history, and to answer some basic historical questions such as:
What is religion?
What is an empire?
What is money?
What is science?
What is capitalism?
Why did almost all societies believe that women are inferior to men?
Does history have a direction?
Did people become happier as history progressed?
And what is the likely future of humankind?
«A History of the World since 1300»
Jeg fulgte dette kurset høsten 2012 og kan varmt anbefale det. Det blir en oppgradert utgave i forhold til siste gang.
Kurset starter 17. september 2013 og varer 12 uker.
This course explores the history of the modern world since Chinggis Khan. It focuses on the connections between societies from the time of the Mongol conquests and the gradual, but accelerating ways in which connections became ties of inter-dependence. The relations between societies are what will concern us. The forces pulling the world together vary from religious to economic, political to intellectual. These forces bring the world together, but they also create new divisions. Nowadays, we call this «globalization.» That term has tended to emphasize the drive to worldwide integration; the view of globalization taken in this course emphasizes disintegration as well as integration. We will tackle some very basic questions: How do we explain the staggering wealth of China in the centuries up to 1750, as well as China’s recent ascent? Where did the United States come from, and where is it headed? What are the significance and legacies of empire in the world? How have world wars and revolutions shaped the international system over time? What exactly is globalization, and how does today’s globalization compare with the past? How has the relationship between humans and nature changed over the centuries?
«The Future of Humankind»
Kurset starter i desember 2013.
This course will take students on an extraordinary journey – the beginning of a massive transformation of humankind. Nothing remotely like this had ever happened in the billions of years of evolution on Earth. It was enabled by technology, but many other factors were part of its driving force.
Back in 1750, there were no complex machines in use, except for church clocks. There was no power for machines other than primitive windmills, water wheels and the pulleys with weights that drove church clocks.
We have changed amazingly since 1750, but the truly dramatic changes are yet to come. If we get things right, we have the potential to create a Neo-Renaissance, fundamentally different from the Renaissance centered around Florence in the 16th and 17th centuries. Later this century there will be ubiquitous computer power, fully automated factories, and intelligent robots doing most of the jobs that people do today. If implemented in an enlightened way, people will become used to having a large amount of leisure time, and the arts and humanities will flourish.
Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel—in actuality and virtually—to a wide variety of places and we will do that together as we explore the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its vast empire in their ancient and contemporary contexts.
This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration, including mural painting. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa. Many of the learning materials presented in this course will be adapted from the Roman Architecture course Professor Kleiner provided as part of the Open Yale Courses project. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner’s personal collection.
«Human Evolution: Past and Future»
Kurset starter 21. januar 2014 og det varer 10 uker.
Introduction to the science of human origins, the fossil and archaeological record, and genetic ancestry of living and ancient human populations. The course emphasizes the ways our evolution touches our lives, including health and diet, and explores how deep history may shape the future of our species.
This course covers our evolutionary history across more than seven million years, from our origins among the apes up to the biological changes that are still unfolding today. If you enroll, you’ll encounter the evidence for the earliest members of our lineage, as they begin the long pathway to humanity. You’ll see how scientists are learning about the diets of ancient people, using microscopic evidence and chemical signatures in ancient teeth. We will explore together the exciting fossil discoveries of the last ten years, which have shaken up our notions of the origin of human culture and our own genus.
Genomics has fundamentally transformed the way we understand our evolution, in many ways opening the direct evidence of our history to anyone. The course will teach you how to look inside the genomes of humans, Neandertals and other ancient people. If you have used personal genomics to get your own genotypes, the course will guide you in connecting genetics to your ancestry among ancient humans.
The course brings a special focus on the rapid evolutionary changes of the last 10,000 years. You’ll learn about the consequences of our shift to agriculture, and the ways that people of industrialized nations are still changing today. At the end, we trek forward to anticipate what evolutionary changes may be in store for humanity in the future, using our knowledge of history and scientific understanding to inform our speculations.