We hope you enjoyed iversity’s first posting about interesting MOOCs. The following are three more exciting classes, ranging from fundamental ethics to practical European law. Read on for more course offerings you may not find elsewhere, and see if there’s one that motivates you to explore online education.
1. iversity: The European Union in Global Governance
Participants of this MOOC will learn about the EU as a peculiar kind of international actor, how it fits into the evolving international system and how it contributes to solving the principal challenges in contemporary world affairs. This includes the EU's role in the global financial system, international security issues from Libya to "PRISM", as well as climate change and migration. Through an interdisciplinary approach and a pool of internationally renowned experts from law, political science and international relations, this course aims to launch a genuinely global exchange and reflection on the merits, potential and limits of what the Lisbon Treaty has come to call EU "external action".
2. Coursera: Moralities of Everyday Life
This MOOC explores essential moralistic conundrums, from notions of justice to explanations of human behavior. Students delve into moral controversies, and also confront the disagreements that arise in such philosophical debate. The course approaches morality from a psychological perspective, focusing on why humans think the way we do. The lecturer, Yale University Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science Paul Bloom, issues a fair warning. The course deals with the moralities of babies, soldiers and psychopaths. Participants discuss politics, religion and sex, sometimes all at once. As Bloom puts it: if this disturbs you, do not join the course.
3. Udacity: Artificial Intelligence for Robotics
The race for the safest autonomous car is on. Mercedes Benz, Toyota and even the University of Oxford develop their own self-driving cars. The aim: to reduce traffic collisions, congestions and fuel consumption. In this MOOC, leaders from Google and Stanford driving teams teach students how to program robotic cars. Participants learn A.I. fundamentals, including tracking and control, localization, and probabilistic inference.
by Anna Meixler