Financial Markets Course with Yale Sage Robert Shiller

In March 2000, Yale econ­o­mist Robert Shiller pub­lished Irra­tional Exu­ber­ance, a book that warned that the long-run­ning bull mar­ket was a bub­ble. Weeks lat­er, the mar­ket cracked and Shiller was the new guru. Fast for­ward a few years, and Shiller released a sec­ond edi­tion of the same book, this time argu­ing that the hous­ing mar­ket was the lat­est and great­est bub­ble. We all know how that pre­dic­tion played out.

Unlike most of the finan­cial indus­try, Shiller isn’t locked into a peren­ni­al­ly bull­ish view, bent on pump­ing the mar­ket despite what the real num­bers sug­gest. And that should give stu­dents, whether young or old, some con­fi­dence in his free course sim­ply called “Finan­cial Mar­kets.” Avail­able on the web in mul­ti­ple for­mats (YouTube – iTunes Audio – iTunes Video — Yale Web Site), the 26 lec­ture-course cov­ers the inner-work­ings of finan­cial insti­tu­tions that ide­al­ly “sup­port peo­ple in their pro­duc­tive ven­tures” and help them man­age eco­nom­ic risks. You can start with Lec­ture 1 here. Above, we present his intro­duc­to­ry lec­ture on Stocks.

Final­ly (and sep­a­rate­ly) you can get Shiller’s thoughts on how to han­dle Amer­i­ca’s big debt mess here. It was record­ed in recent days.

Shiller’s course appears in the Eco­nom­ics sec­tion of our big col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es. 385 cours­es in total. Don’t miss them.

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Tom Hanks Addresses the Yale Class of 2011

For Class Day 2011, Har­vard had come­di­an Amy Poehler, and Yale had Tom Han­ks — two fig­ures who have a whole lot more enter­tain­ment val­ue than the speak­er at my grad­u­a­tion — the Assis­tant Coun­ty Coro­ner. Dead seri­ous! Pun only halfway intend­ed. Any­way, I digress. Today, we’re fea­tur­ing Tom Han­ks, the two-time win­ner of the Acad­e­my Award for Best Actor, who starts fun­ny, but then turns a lit­tle seri­ous, remind­ing grad­u­ates, à la F.D.R., that essen­tial­ly “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Not a bad talk over­all, but we’re still most par­tial to Steve Job’s Stan­ford talk from 2005. Our hands-down favorite…

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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Yale Rolls Out 10 New Courses — All Free

This week, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty rolled out its lat­est batch of open cours­es. This release, the first since Octo­ber 2009, fea­tures 10 new cours­es, and brings the total num­ber to 35. Find the com­plete list here.

We have list­ed the new addi­tions below, and added them to our ever-grow­ing list of 350 Free Online Cours­es. As always, Yale gives you access to their cours­es in mul­ti­ple for­mats. You can down­load lec­tures (usu­al­ly in audio and video) from iTunes, or direct­ly from the Yale web site. And then, of course, YouTube is a good third option…

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Building The Colosseum: The Icon of Rome

When you think Rome, you think the Colos­se­um. It’s one of the great struc­tures of the Roman Empire, and it still dom­i­nates the land­scape of the mod­ern city. But how deep does your knowl­edge of the Colos­se­um actu­al­ly go? Which emper­or built the Amphithe­atrum Flav­i­um (as it was orig­i­nal­ly called)? For what pur­pose? And how, styl­is­ti­cal­ly, was it orig­i­nal­ly built and dec­o­rat­ed? All of this gets answered in an image-packed lec­ture by Yale pro­fes­sor Diana E.E. Klein­er, which forms part of her larg­er course on Roman Archi­tec­ture. (Find it on YouTubeiTunes and Yale’s Open Course web site). I queued up the lec­ture at the 20 minute, when Klein­er starts talk­ing about the Colos­se­um itself. But you can move back to the very begin­ning if you want to get some more polit­i­cal con­text.

Final­ly, let me men­tion that Google also lets you revis­it Ancient Rome. Google Earth offers a nice 3D view of the Colos­se­um and oth­er impor­tant Roman mon­u­ments, while Google Street View you tour the ancient ruins of Pom­peii. It’s all free, of course.

Please vis­it our col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es to learn more about his­to­ry, lit­er­a­ture, phi­los­o­phy or what­ev­er else piques your inter­est. You’ll find a good 250 free cours­es in the col­lec­tion.

Introduction to New Testament History and Literature: A Free Yale Course

Taught by Yale pro­fes­sor Dale B. Mar­tin, this course offers an intro­duc­tion to New Tes­ta­ment His­to­ry and Lit­er­a­ture, and cov­ers the fol­low­ing ground:

This course pro­vides a his­tor­i­cal study of the ori­gins of Chris­tian­i­ty by ana­lyz­ing the lit­er­a­ture of the ear­li­est Chris­t­ian move­ments in his­tor­i­cal con­text, con­cen­trat­ing on the New Tes­ta­ment. Although the­o­log­i­cal themes will occu­py much of our atten­tion, the course does not attempt a the­o­log­i­cal appro­pri­a­tion of the New Tes­ta­ment as scrip­ture. Rather, the impor­tance of the New Tes­ta­ment and oth­er ear­ly Chris­t­ian doc­u­ments as ancient lit­er­a­ture and as sources for his­tor­i­cal study will be empha­sized. A cen­tral orga­niz­ing theme of the course will focus on the dif­fer­ences with­in ear­ly Chris­tian­i­ty (-ies).

You can watch the 26 lec­tures from the course above, or find them on YouTube and iTunes. To get more infor­ma­tion on the course, includ­ing the syl­labus, vis­it this Yale web­site.

Intro­duc­tion to New Tes­ta­ment His­to­ry and Lit­er­a­ture will be added to our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties. There you can find a spe­cial­ized list of Free Online Reli­gion Cours­es.

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Understanding Financial Markets

Robert Shiller, who pre­dict­ed the stock mar­ket crash ear­li­er this decade and the burst­ing of the hous­ing bub­ble in 2008, has a unique under­stand­ing of the finan­cial mar­kets and behav­ioral eco­nom­ics. In this free course pro­vid­ed by Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Shiller demys­ti­fies the finan­cial mar­kets and explains “the the­o­ry of finance and its rela­tion to the his­to­ry, the strengths and imper­fec­tions of such insti­tu­tions as bank­ing, insur­ance, secu­ri­ties, futures, and oth­er deriv­a­tives mar­kets, and the future of these insti­tu­tions over the next cen­tu­ry.” It’s a course for our shaky finan­cial times. The first lec­ture appears above, and the full course can be accessed on YouTubeiTunes and Yale’s web site. The course is also list­ed in our meta col­lec­tion of Free Cours­es and our tar­get­ed selec­tion of Free Eco­nom­ics Cours­es.

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Faith and Globalization: Tony Blair Teaches at Yale

After he left office in 2007, Tony Blair went across the pond and spent time teach­ing at Yale. Exit Prime Min­is­ter Blair. Enter Pro­fes­sor Blair. Dur­ing the 2008-09 aca­d­e­m­ic year, Blair and Miroslav Volf co-taught “Faith and Glob­al­iza­tion,” a course designed to help stu­dents under­stand the two inter­twined forces shap­ing our world. In some ways, reli­gion is the real focus here, and it is Blair’s argu­ment (above, for exam­ple) that “If you can­not under­stand the world of faith, whether you are in busi­ness, or in pub­lic affairs, or in pol­i­tics, then you actu­al­ly can­not under­stand the world.” The full course can be accessed on iTunes, and we have also added it to our large col­lec­tion of free cours­es from top uni­ver­si­ties. For more infor­ma­tion on this course, please vis­it Yale’s Faith and Glob­al­iza­tion web­site and also be sure to access Yale’s Open Course ini­tia­tive.

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The American Novel Since 1945: A Free Online Course from Yale University

The video above is the first of 26 lec­tures mak­ing up a free Yale course called The Amer­i­can Nov­el Since 1945. Taught by Amy Hunger­ford, the course intro­duces you to the nov­els of Amer­i­ca’s finest post-war writ­ers — Nabokov (émi­gré), Salinger, Ker­ouac, and Pyn­chon, and also Philip Roth, Toni Mor­ri­son, Cor­mac McCarthy and Jonathan Safran Foer. You can watch all lec­tures in the fol­low­ing for­mats: YouTube – iTunes Audio – iTunes Video. Yale also offers the files as mp3s/movs here. For more full-fledged cours­es from oth­er top uni­ver­si­ties (includ­ing many oth­ers from Yale), vis­it our col­lec­tion of Free Online Lit­er­a­ture Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

You can stream all of the lec­tures, from start to fin­ish, below:

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If you would like to sup­port the mis­sion of Open Cul­ture, con­sid­er mak­ing a dona­tion to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your con­tri­bu­tions will help us con­tin­ue pro­vid­ing the best free cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al mate­ri­als to learn­ers every­where. You can con­tribute through Pay­Pal, Patre­on, and Ven­mo (@openculture). Thanks!

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