Thinking Aloud: Free Online Courses in Global Poverty and World History

Jan. 24, 2012 by Darius

I occasionally blog about free online courses that might be of interest to others who enjoy world history and international affairs.  Here are a couple that caught my eye:

  • “The Challenges of Global Poverty,” taught by MIT professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee, starts Feb. 12.

“This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge.  The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past?  What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day?  Are the poor always hungry?  How do we make schools work for poor citizens?  How do we deal with the disease burden?  Is microfinance invaluable or overrated?  Without property rights, is life destined to be “nasty, brutish and short”?  Should we leave economic development to the market?  Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)?  Does foreign aid help or hinder?  Where is the best place to intervene?  And many others.  At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.”

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/14.73x/2013_Spring/about

  • It’s also not too late to jump into “The Modern World: Global History Since 1760,” which started last week and is taught by University of Virginia professor Philip Zelikow.

“This is a survey of modern history from a global perspective.  It begins with the revolutions of the late 1700s, tracks the transformation of the world during the 1800s, and analyzes the cataclysms of last century, concluding with the new phase of world history we are experiencing today.”

For more information or to register, visit: https://www.coursera.org/#course/modernworld

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One Response to Thinking Aloud: Free Online Courses in Global Poverty and World History

  1. Pingback: New course: The Challenges of Global Poverty at MITx online « Washlink

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