25 UC Berkeley Courses Available via Free Video

Not long ago, we wrote a popular piece about UC-Berkeley’s iTunes initiative which, to sum it up,allows anyone, anywhere, to download complete university courses to their iPods for free. Amazing. Today, we want to point out that Berkeley also makes available full-fledged courses via video/webcast. You can find the complete list of courses here, but below we have listed below 25 courses that figure into a “core” undergraduate curriculum. In short, this list includes many good nuts and bolts courses, which will teach you a lot and, even better, cost you nothing. Each of these courses, coming straight from the classroom, can be accessed with Real Player, and some can also be accessed as MP3s.

On a related note, our University Podcast Collection and our collection of Free Courses will give you access to many more university lectures and courses, so be sure to give them a look. You may also want to check out our “playlist” of intelligent videos on YouTube as well as our recent piece: 10 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube.

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  1. Ben Hubbard says . . . | March 10, 2007 / 12:54 pm

    I love this blog! It’s a bright beacon for open content and it’s an honor to be mentioned, thanks! It’s such a thrill to see this movement gaining momentum.

    The next year should bring exciting new developments for webcast.berkeley, stay tuned!

    Ben Hubbard
    Co-Manager, webcast.berkeley

  2. Sven says . . . | March 10, 2007 / 10:30 pm

    SO, like then how do you sign up so you can get credit for watching the podcast and like get a certificate. I’d like a free course for my Masters and Doctorate too, if that OK with Berkely. !

  3. Ivan Minic says . . . | March 11, 2007 / 4:02 am

    Nice collection! Thanks :)

  4. EricB says . . . | March 11, 2007 / 10:15 am

    Thanks for the post. This is great material!

  5. kamy says . . . | March 12, 2007 / 4:28 am

    Great info here. It will keep me busy for a few days.

  6. Carlos Velasco says . . . | March 18, 2007 / 6:12 pm

    This is great! Thanks for sharing the links. Makes me feel like I’ve been to UC right here at home in the Philippines.

  7. Robin says . . . | October 5, 2007 / 2:25 pm

    Very Impressive! Knowledge is Power and i’m ready to immerse in it.

  8. crane says . . . | January 10, 2008 / 11:38 am

    I clicked on the link http://webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php and when you click on classes in there, the video links aren’t available, despite the fact that viewing the same pages directly linked from THIS page does display the video links!!! Help!!!

  9. Marsello says . . . | January 10, 2008 / 12:02 pm

    Thanks for the free content, I’ll make sure to spread the word around. I can see by the number of feedbacks that this little experiment has gone viral already.

  10. joe says . . . | January 10, 2008 / 1:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. It´s a nice ad to Berkeley university, so very smart too.

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  14. huangdixi says . . . | January 10, 2008 / 7:07 pm

    给联合国秘书长的第六封公开信

    安南先生并国际刑事法院及各缔约国:
    在这里,我要向全人类通报的是:某研究所的那帮人还在继续使用那台与我的大脑无线连接着的机器,非法跟踪、监视我的思想和行动,非法窃取我的隐私,用不堪入耳的语言对我搞不堪忍受的人格凌辱和折磨摧残,精神迫害。他们危害他人,有客观的事实,有主观的故意。并有私设公堂、滥用私刑的嫌疑,变相绑架人质、索取某些非法特权的嫌疑。他们是一伙以危害他人、危害人类为职业的反人类势力。鲁迅先生曾经说过,将来容不得吃人的人活在世上。我想,如果把疯狗关入铁笼子里,就不能危害人类了。这伙反人类势力的主犯应判十年有期徒刑,从犯应判八年有期徒刑。只需一张拘捕证二辆警车就能解决他们的的问题。
    在法律面前。
    如果本案进入法律程序,不难想象被告方律师因为没有任何法律依据而无可奈何的样子。
    关于本案的法制背景,国际友好人士分析认为,他们是有权势支持和包庇的。我想,权势不是万能的上帝,应该还有包庇这种权势而官官相护的权势阶级。
    权势阶级或许有司法的解析权,有决定战争与和平的权力。但绝对没有包庇这股反人类势力,让他们拿个生人活人那样搞的权力,因为没有法律依据。本案暴露了权势阶级对法律的蔑视。
    全世界各国的法律在保护人类的基本权利和法律权利,惩办危害人类和危害人类社会的罪恶方面,有广泛的共同性。《罗马规约》就是这种共同性的体现。《罗马规约》也是《联合国宪章》的发展和具体化。非常任理事国更给国际政治带来了新鲜的空气。人类充满了希望和梦想。与此形成鲜明对照的是:本案表明了权势阶级对《联合国宪章》的蔑视。
    人类作为高等动物,有比其他动物更多的优越性,也享受更多的权利,人格尊严和价值,人人共享的发展、安全和人权。这是上帝的赋予。权势阶级包庇这伙反人类势力,让他们拿个生人活人那样搞。暴露了权势阶级对人的蔑视,对人权的蔑视。
    人最宝贵的是生命,生命属于人只有一次。人的一生应该在有法律的保障下,人人共亨法律赋予的自由、安宁和幸福。我的大半生是在极端的痛苦和无奈中度过的。这样的生命是生不如死。而这种痛苦和无奈是人为造成的。是权势阶级包庇、纵容那伙反人类势力,任凭他们无法无天、胡作非为所造成的。这是权势阶级对生命的蔑视。又如近年引人注目的矿难,当井下一下子埋没了一百几十条人命的时候,尽管原因种种,但权势阶级作为社会的管理者,又何曾不包含着他们对生命的蔑视。
    如果有人说,权势阶级窝藏了拉丹,你们信不信?从他们对法律的蔑视、对《联合国宪章》的蔑视、对人的蔑视、对人权的蔑视、对生命的蔑视,有什么事情做不出来。

    受害人:huangdixi
    2006年12月10日
    于广州

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  21. Shaun Stevens says . . . | January 11, 2008 / 11:17 am

    These courses will keep be busy during the long cold winter
    Thanks. Something to do an learn.

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  27. Roberta says . . . | August 6, 2008 / 1:43 pm

    Girls and boys, I am a-d-d-i-c-t-e-d to this blog!! I have just finished the audio course on Nutrition with Prof. Nancy Amy (Berkeley) and the one on Psychology (Yale) with Prof. Paul Bloom. Both fantastic! Will soon start the one on Anatomy and am sure will be as good as the ones before. Thank you for putting together such an amazingly rich list of online courses. Roberta (São Paulo, Brazil)

  28. Annie says . . . | August 28, 2013 / 11:57 pm

    how can i get certification to show that i have gone through or covered your courses. kindly let me know as i love the psychology course soo far.

    thank you!

  29. John Swaim says . . . | June 6, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    Although the courses are free they must be worth a lot. Surely they have some method of documenting one’s progress as well as completion…yes?

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