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Expand your horizons with these 5 international MOOCs

Expand your horizons with these 5 international MOOCs

by Rob Sabo
November 11, 2013




Not everyone can afford the luxury of spending a year studying abroad, but by taking a MOOC from a foreign university, students can gain a broader perspective of key global issues. Here are five upcoming, English-taught MOOCs from international universities that are sure to increase students' understanding of complex subject matter and help them gain perspective on other cultures.

Genocide -- University of Israel / The Open University of Israel

This nine-week course is taught through a series of short video lectures, an online textbook, online quizzes about subject matter and an online final exam. It starts March 14, and students should expect to dedicate between two and 20 hours per week to the course. The course provides students with an in-depth examination of the events that occurred at German concentration camps during World War II. One primary goal of the course probes why, how and when genocide is perpetrated on a segment of humanity.

England in the Time of King Richard -- University of Leicester / FutureLearn

This six-week course begins Nov. 25. Students should expect to dedicate a minimum of two hours per week to the course, which has no prerequisites. The September 2012 discovery of the bones of King Richard III of England at a dig site in Leicester, England ignited the passions of English scholars. This course examines the political history of England in the 15th century, which was dominated by the War of the Roses, as well as medieval warfare, food, culture and Richard's life and death.

Scandanavian Film and Television -- University of Copenhagen / Coursera

This 10-week course has no prerequisites and begins Feb. 3. Students are expected to dedicate between three and five hours per week to their studies. The course is taught by Ib Bondebjerd, a professor with a Ph.D. in film and media studies who has taught since 1988. Scandanavian Film and Television takes an in-depth look at Scandanavia's rich film and television history and culture, as well as the institutions created to further the nation's diversity and global reach.

The Science of Everyday Thinking -- University of Queensland / edX

This course begins March 3, and students can either audit the course or strive for an honors certificate. Students should commit a minimum of two hours per week to the course. The Science of Everyday Thinking examines why people have certain beliefs and judgments. Students learn how to evaluate thinking and understand why people sometimes make irrational decisions. A key focus is on developing deliberate, analytical and independent thinking processes.

Introduction to Forensic Science -- University of Strathclyde at Glasgow / FutureLearn

This is a six-week course that begins on Jan. 6 and requires a minimum of three hours of study per week. It has no prerequisites. This is MOOC at its best. The class begins with a murder scenario on the shores of Loch Lamond, a massive freshwater loch in Scotland. Throughout the course, students examine details of the murder scene and how information at the scene is processed with the goal of solving the murder in the final week. Students delve into four main categories of forensic evidence: DNA, firearms, impression evidence and drugs of abuse.

If you're interested in enrolling in one (or more) of these classes, visit the MOOC registration pages below:

Genocide, University of Israel, http://mooc.openu.ac.il/genocide.html

England in the Time of King Richard, University of Leicester: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/england-of-richard-third

Scandanavian Film and Television, University of Copenhagen: https://www.coursera.org/course/scanfilmtv

The Science of Everyday Thinking, University of Queensland: https://www.edx.org/course/uqx/think101x/science-everyday-thinking/1185

Introduction to Forensic Science: University of Strathglyde Glasgow: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/introduction-to-forensic-science