Courses tagged with "Humanities" (8)

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Starts : 2017-07-04
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edX Free English EdX Humanities Social Sciences UQx

The experience of war has changed fundamentally – not only for those fighting and reporting, but also for those on the home front. High-tech nations wage wars from a distance using satellite-guided weaponry while non-state military actors, terrorist organizations, and citizen journalists have increasingly added new voices and visual perspectives to the conversation about conflict.

The ubiquity of smartphones, internet access, and social media transports the experience and complexity of war directly into our lives. Cyberspace offers greater freedoms and access to information at the same time as we discover a dramatic global rise of cyber espionage, internet censorship, and surveillance.

In this course, we map this emerging new terrain where violent conflict, information technology, and global media intersect and where the old distinctions between battlefront and home front, between soldier and civilian, between war and entertainment, and between public and private are being redrawn. 

Considering these changes, this course engages with questions surrounding:

  • The relationship between media, information technology, and war
  • How violent conflict is presented in the media and the responsibilities of journalists during wartime
  • The effect of instantaneous, worldwide reporting on battle and the politics of conflict
  • How we can understand and critically engage with media and information technology

In order to engage with these questions, this course is taught through a number of conventional and unconventional forms of learning methods and activities. These include lecture videos, questionnaires, and discussion fora. But it also includes practical, experiential elements taught through crowdsourcing, individual research, critical viewing, media and image analysis, and surveys. Combined, these activities allow you to gain fresh and timely insights into what happens beneath the surface of the screen in front of you. They enable you to gain a deeper understanding of how the politics of today's wars play out on and behind the digital screens in our hypermediatized age.

Starts : 2017-07-05
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies Humanities JaverianaX

Este curso les ayudará a responder preguntas como:

  1. ¿Consumen más, menos, o justo lo que necesitan?
  2. ¿Les gusta botar dinero cuando compran y consumen algo o estarían interesados en que no tuvieran que desperdiciarlo?
  3. ¿Por qué a veces consumen productos que no necesitan realmente?
  4. ¿Quieren seguir consumiendo los productos que compran actualmente sin sentirse culpables por los discursos ambientales sobre la protección del ambiente?

Si te has hecho alguna de estas preguntas antes o, por el contrario, nunca te las habías planteado, ¡Seguro disfrutarás este curso!

No existen los productos perfectamente sostenibles hoy en día. Por esto como compradores y consumidores debemos volvernos expertos en tomar las mejores decisiones posibles, con la mejor información disponible (e, incluso, exigir nueva información que no exista aún), sobre el valor que realmente queremos obtener de un bien o servicio, identificando las mejores oportunidades que nos ofrezcan las empresas para cuidar al ambiente y a la sociedad (al mencionar el cuidado del ambiente y de la sociedad, se incluyen ustedes mismos como compradores y consumidores)

Entonces, ¿de quién es la responsabilidad de que se sigan escuchando denuncias sobre la contaminación del ambiente por ejemplo? Todos los que estamos involucrados en el ciclo de vida de los bienes y servicios que compramos, tenemos la oportunidad de presionar para que los sistemas de producción y de consumo mejoren hacia un estado más sostenible que antes.

Starts : 2017-07-05
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies Humanities JaverianaX

Una compañía que pretenda ser sostenible debe pensar en generar un valor económico, social y medioambiental, en el corto y largo plazo, a fin de contribuir al aumento del bienestar y el progreso de las generaciones presentes y futuras.

Este curso se enfoca en las investigaciones y tendencias actuales, vistas desde la sostenibilidad ambiental para las empresas, considerando para ellos algunas medidas como operaciones más limpias, huella de producto y eco-eficiencia.

Durante este curso se tratarán oportunidades para crear valor en una forma sostenible y responsable, a través de la evaluación de casos de estudio y análisis de las estrategias corporativas relacionadas al desafío ambiental.

La sostenibilidad se identifica como una fuente de reducción de costes y aumento de ingresos. Además, muchas compañías consideran la sostenibilidad como un factor clave para fomentar el crecimiento en nuevos mercados de una forma responsable con el medio ambiente.

Starts : 2017-07-11
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edX Free English Art & Culture EdX History Humanities UAMx

En un lugar de la UAM, cuyo nombre merece recordar, habita la España de El Quijote

Un espacio en el que su monarquía creó el primer imperio global de la Historia. Un tiempo, entre los siglos XVI y XVII, en el que su sociedad alcanzó la excelencia en las artes y las letras.

Aunque ese esplendor se dio en plenos aires de cambio. Pues España pasó de la hegemonía a la decadencia, de la expansión a la crisis.

Esta asignatura pretende trazar la historia de aquella época. Entre el Renacimiento y el Barroco su cultura marcó la pauta en Occidente. Las obras literarias -La Celestina, El Lazarillo, etc.- se tradujeron enseguida en las imprentas europeas y americanas. Las ropas marcaron la moda cortesana. La tendencia más fashion era “vestir a la española”. Los tratados militares y políticos fueron estudiados por los enemigos.

La acumulación de talentos en la Villa y Corte de Madrid (Cervantes, Lope, Velázquez, etc.), tuvo réplicas en las grandes ciudades de imperio. Pues en Sevilla, Lisboa, Barcelona, Nápoles, México o Lima se multiplicaron academias literarias, estrenos teatrales y fiestas. Una síntesis de pueblos unidos por la lealtad a la Corona y la fe católica.

En nuestro recorrido por esa España de El Quijote pasaremos de la campana al reloj y de la geografía fantástica a la real. La sociedad estuvo - Conocer la Historia de España en el Siglo de Oro a través de El Quijote como hilo conductor.

  • Adentrarnos en la vida cotidiana de los siglos XVI y XVII a través de la sociedad y la cultura.
  • Ofrecer al alumnado las fuentes escritas y visuales para que contemple el tiempo de El Quijote como si viviese en él.
  • Comparar los valores de la España de El Quijote con los actuales para comprender cómo han ido evolucionando a lo largo de la Historia polarizada entre los privilegiados -nobleza y clero- y los pobres y los picaros. El Humanismo fue cultivado en las universidades. La familia, la alimentación, la vivienda, los juegos y las fiestas, protagonizaron la vida cotidiana. 


En el tiempo de El Quijote las luces de los genios literarios y artísticos brillaron sobre las sombras de la Inquisición. Viajemos, pues, a esta excelsa cultura del Siglo de Oro.

Starts : 2017-06-27
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edX Free English Business & Management EdX Humanities Social Sciences UQx

Are you working in the development sector and looking to take the next step in your career and take on a leadership role?

This business and management course is an introduction to key leadership theories and concepts that you will need to be an effective leader and manager. You will learn how leadership is different from management.

You will learn practical skills needed to build a shared vision, and lead across boundaries. You will learn to recognise your own leadership style, and the leadership styles of others. You will learn the different types of power, and tools for gaining legitimacy in your development work.

Upon course completion, you will be prepared to take on leadership roles in development and work effectively across geographical, cultural, organizational and disciplinary boundaries.

You will also develop a personalized leadership plan throughout the course, which will help you continue your leadership journey after you complete the MOOC.

This is the first course in the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you complete this course prior to completing the other courses in the MicroMasters Program. We also recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area.

Starts : 2017-07-05
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edX Free English EdX Humanities JaverianaX Social Sciences

Analizar el contexto próximo del Papa Francisco y proponer alternativas de acción. Este curso teórico práctico, pretende hacer una aproximación reflexiva y crítica al pensamiento social del Papa Francisco desde la teología, teniendo como marco doctrinal de referencia, la doctrina social de la Iglesia, la realidad latinoamericana y mundial.

Starts : 2017-06-26
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edX Free English EdX HarvardX History Humanities Literature

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt (John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities) guides learners through an exploration of Shakespeare’s unforgettable character Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and his historical origins.

In the first act of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the Jewish moneylender Shylock proposes a “merry sport” to the merchant Antonio: he will lend Antonio the money he needs if Antonio agrees to let Shylock take a pound of his flesh should he default. Shylock calls this contract a “merry bond,” and Shakespeare’s First Folio calls the play a comedy. But what does Shylock want from the bond, and how merry does the play ultimately prove? 

This course introduces learners to Jewish history both in Venice and in England, to the ways in which Shakespeare’s own audience might have responded to the play and its genre, and to the history of the play’s production through the twenty-first century. 

Learners will also be invited to share their own theatrical interpretations of The Merchant of Venice and to ask how the meaning of a work of art may change in different times, contexts, and cultures.


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Starts : 2017-07-11
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edX Free English BrownX EdX Humanities Literature Philosophy & Ethics

What is memory? What’s the utility in exploring it and risking the activation of painful memories? What remembrance do we owe people we have lost and how is that reflected in the monuments we create to memorialize them? Why do different groups of people interpret the same event differently—even when the facts are not disputed?

In The Ethics of Memory, we will discuss these questions and more by exploring personal memory, collective memory and memorial culture, and conflicts of memory.

We begin early in the 20th century—the century of critical engagement with memory—when personal memory was plumbed as the basis of psychoanalysis and as a theme in the poetry and prose of World War I. Then we look at the ways in which a people, collectively, choose to memorialize those lost to war, injustice, or tragedy. Finally, we explore memory as a site of struggle, where the way we see ourselves currently implicated by a memory may depend on our group identity, such as in the case for reparations for slavery in the United States.

Throughout, we will share our own perspectives on personal and collective memory and wrestle with questions of ethical responsibility for remembrance and ownership of the narrative of a memory.

In this course, we will:

  • Discover in the writing of Freud how the exploration of memory gave birth to psychoanalysis, and in Proust how such exploration was elevated to an art form; 
  • Examine poetry from WWI and the Harlem Renaissance that demonstrates the relevance of literature as a framework for understanding the ethics of memory;
  • Reflect on examples of the many ways we collectively memorialize our losses; and
  • Share examples of personal and public monuments to memory in order to reflect on the ethical responsibility that memorializing confers on us now.