Coursera – another of the internet’s fantastic ideas. It’s an online site that brings together some of the world’s top universities, offering free courses all year round. The courses available are from a wide range of countries, across an even wider range of topics (from Exploring Quantum Physics to an Introduction to Improvisation). I was a little overwhelmed at the possibilities but today I narrowed down a few of interest.
Below are the courses I have signed up for. I know I probably won’t have the time to complete all of these, but I thought I would join just in case. I can always drop out if the workload proves too much:
- Know Thyself - starts today. I have been interested in philosophy for a while now, but being a complete novice I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I think this course will be a good beginning for me, especially with the psychology tie ins.
An investigation of the nature and limits of self-knowledge from the viewpoints of philosophy, psychoanalysis, experimental psychology, neuroscience, aesthetics, and Buddhism. Readings are drawn from classical Western, non-Western, and contemporary sources.
In this course we will learn about some of the many ways in which people behave in less than rational ways, and how we might overcome these problems.
This seven week course will explore nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance.
- Introduction to Psychology – starts May. I am fascinated with psychology. I have often wondered whether I should have studied it at a higher level, but then I think knowing too much may have caused me to be in my head in more than I am now – so best to stick to the amateur leagues!
This course is all about you … your mind, your behavior, and what underlies them both. It will be a fast paced tour of the most important experiments in psychology, one that is intended to fascinate, inform, and provoke deep thought. Come learn about yourself with us!
- Social Psychology – starts July. I may not be able to complete this course as I go on holiday at the end of July, but I hope I can view some of the lectures. This course had me with the first line of the blurb – ’Every wonder why people do what they do?’ – yes! All the time!
Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology.
I will let you know how the progress goes – and if I stick any of them out (hopefully I can cross off #7 on my 26 before 26 - Complete a Course). Let me know if you’re studying online, or if you have embarked on a course of your own!
All blurbs taken from the Coursera website.