The following are a few of the several hundred courses offered by the MIT Open Course Ware initiative (OCW) whose objective is to provide the world community of post-secondary education providers with professionally-developed classes including all materials on-line.
If these classes were locally offered in a classroom so you could interact with other adult students and the instructor, would you enroll in any of them?
21M.299 The Beatles (New Course)
This class surveys the music of the Beatles, from the band’s early years to the break-up of the group, mapping how the Beatle’s musical style changed from skiffle and rock to studio-based experimentation. Cultural influences that helped to shape them, as well as the group’s influence worldwide, will be a continuous theme.
14.770 Introduction to Political Economy (New Course)
Intended as an introduction to the field of political economy, this is the first part of a two-part sequence in political economy, along with 14.773 Political Economy: Institutions and Development. Combined, the purpose of the two classes is to give you both a sense of the frontier research topics and a good command of the tools in the area.
17.801 Political Science Scope and Methods (Updated Course)
Designed to provide an introduction to a variety of empirical research methods used by political scientists, the primary aims of the course are to make you a more sophisticated consumer of diverse empirical research and to allow you to conduct advanced independent work in junior and senior years.
STS.032 Energy, Environment, and Society: Global Politics, Technologies, and Ecologies of the Water-Energy-Food Crises (New Course)
With increasing public awareness of the multiple effects of global environmental change, the terms water, energy, and food crisis have become widely used in scientific and political debates on sustainable development and environmental policy. Although each of these crises has distinct drivers and consequences, providing sustainable supplies of water, energy, and food are deeply interrelated challenges and require a profound understanding of the political, socioeconomic, and cultural factors that have historically shaped these interrelations at a local and global scale.