Back in 2009, Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel made his course, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, available on the web for free (YouTube – iTunes – Web). Suddenly lifelong learners around the world had access to a popular course enjoyed by more than 14,000 Harvard students over 30 years. Starting on March 12, 2013, Sandel plans to offer Justice as a free course through edX, the provider of MOOCs (or Massive Open Online Courses) created by Harvard and MIT. And here’s one thing you can guarantee: In a single offering, Sandel will bring his course to more students worldwide than he did through his decades teaching at Harvard.
FYI: edX announced other new spring courses. All will be added to our collection of Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities. They include:
- The Challenges of Global Poverty — living on under $1 a day, examining and overcoming poverty traps.
- Justice — a global dialogue about the big moral and civic questions of our time.
- The Ancient Greek Hero — amazing stories, poetry and songs from more than two millennia ago (intro level).
- Copyright — who “owns” ideas in the US and beyond – you’ll find out in this pilot course (limited to 500 students).
- Human Health and Global Environmental Change — climate change, biodiversity loss and their effect on billions of people.
- Introduction to Statistics — an amazing, introductory course on the fundamentals and the science of drawing conclusions from data.
- Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation — a remarkable intro course for students of all types.