humanities

  1. FutureLearn

    FutureLearn What Does It Mean to Be Human? An Introduction to the Humanities

    Overview Explore what it means to be human and how we make sense of the world What does it mean to be human? How do we acquire knowledge? How do we make sense of the world around us? Through this course you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to start answering these big questions. You will...
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    The French Revolution

    COURSE DESCRIPTION The French Revolution was one of the most important upheavals in world history. This course examines its origins, course and outcomes. This course is designed for you to work through successfully on your own. However you will not be alone on this journey. Use the resources...
  3. MoocLab

    Big History: Connecting Knowledge

    COURSE DESCRIPTION We currently face unprecedented challenges on a global scale. These problems do not neatly fall into disciplines. They are complicated, complex, and connected. Join us on this epic journey of 13.8 billion years starting at the Big Bang and travelling through time all the way...
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    The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 1)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in...
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    The Modern and the Postmodern (Part 2)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in...
  6. MoocLab

    Stalin and Stalinism in Russian History

    COURSE DESCRIPTION The course presents the life and deeds of Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union from 1924 till 1953. It analyses the reasons for his actions and their results, as well as the causes of his popularity in Russia today. It offers an analysis of the phenomenon of Stalinism...
  7. MoocLab

    The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry

    COURSE DESCRIPTION The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry is an adaptation of an on-campus course that has been co-taught by Murray Baumgarten, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature (Literature Department), and Peter Kenez, Professor Emeritus (History...
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    The Rooseveltian Century

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This course uses the lives, ideals and achievements of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt to create the idea of a Rooseveltian century. It is about doing research, analyzing primary sources, and connecting all this information with a coherent and logical interpretation...
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    The Ancient Greeks

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a survey of ancient Greek history from the Bronze Age to the death of Socrates in 399 BCE. Along with studying the most important events and personalities, we will consider broader issues such as political and cultural values and methods of historical interpretation...
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    At the Origins of the Mediterranean Civilization

    COURSE DESCRIPTION Which are the deepest roots of that mix of cultures that we use to call ‘Mediterranean Civilization’? Which are comminglings and exchanges which produced its most complete fruit, i.e. the city, a place for landscape-modelling communities? And which elements did contribute to...
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    The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1861 - 1865: A New Birth of Freedom

    COURSE DESCRIPTION A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865 narrates the history of the American Civil War. While it examines individual engagements and the overall nature of the military conflict, the focus is less on the battlefield than on political, social, and economic change in the...
  12. MoocLab

    The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1865-1890: The Unfinished Revolution

    COURSE DESCRIPTION The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1865-1890: The Unfinished Revolution, examines the pivotal but misunderstood era of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, the first effort in American history to construct an interracial democracy. Beginning with a discussion of the...
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    The Modern World, Part One: Global History from 1760 to 1910

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. Part One begins with the political and economic revolutions of the late 1700s and tracks the transformation of the world during the 1800s. Part One concludes as these bewildering changes seem to be running beyond...
  14. MoocLab

    The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective. Part Two begins early in the twentieth century, as older ways of doing things and habits of thought give way. What follows is an era of cataclysmic struggles over what ideas and institutions will take their place...
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    Introduction to Philosophy: God, Knowledge and Consciousness

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This philosophy course has two goals. The first goal is to introduce you to the things that philosophers think about. We will look at some perennial philosophical problems: Is there a God? What is knowledge, and how do we get it? What is the place of our consciousness in the...
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    Introduction to Philosophy

    COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each module a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what...
  17. MoocLab

    Ancient Philosophy: Plato & His Predecessors

    COURSE DESCRIPTION What is philosophy? How does it differ from science, religion, and other modes of human discourse? This course traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece. We begin with the Presocratic natural philosophers who were active in...
  18. MoocLab

    Ancient Philosophy: Aristotle and His Successors

    COURSE DESCRIPTION What is philosophy? How does it differ from science, religion, and other modes of human discourse? This course traces the origins of philosophy in the Western tradition in the thinkers of Ancient Greece. We begin with the Presocratic natural philosophers who were active in...
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    Paradox and Infinity

    COURSE DESCRIPTION In Paradox and Infinity, you will be introduced to highlights from the technical side of philosophy--from the higher infinite to Gödel's Theorem. The class is divided into three modules: Time Travel and Free Will: Learn about whether time travel is logically possible, and...
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    The Science of Religion

    COURSE DESCRIPTION Drawing on new scientific advances, this religion course examines foundational questions about the nature of religious belief and practice. The course is based on the idea that religion is a naturalistic phenomenon — meaning it can be studied and better understood using the...
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