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Starts : 2017-09-27 in 0 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Humanities Literature UC BerkeleyX

This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres. You will learn about different genres of poetry and the history of some of our greatest poets.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about poetry, literature and writing, this course is for you.

Starts : 2017-10-02 in 5 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Humanities Law LouvainX

Are you aware of controversial situations opposing States and foreign investors in relation to the protection of public health and the environment? Do you remember the recent case examples, Philip Morris v Uruguay and Vattenfall v Germany?

In the aftermath of these high profile cases, policy-makers, civil society organizations and domestic constituencies came to realize the societal importance of international investment law. From this realization, came passionate and sometimes ill-informed discussions about the features of international investment law, which grants rights to foreign investors to foster States’ development and reform it. Central to these discussions were the issues of:

  • The promotion of sustainable development in international investment law.
  • The balance between the protection of foreign investors and the right of host States to regulate to protect public welfare objectives.
  • The legitimacy of arbitration tribunals to rule over disputes between host States and foreign investors.

Learning and understanding the features and dynamics of international investment law is not only key for international lawyers, but it is important for being a well-informed citizen.

In this law course, you will:

  • Discover the history of international investment law and understand the dynamics shaping its evolution.
  • Learn the objectives of international investment law and the specific rights it grants to foreign investors.
  • Be able to to evaluate how those rights are interpreted by arbitration tribunals.
  • Master the features and functioning of investment arbitration.
  • Understand why international investment law and investment arbitration are criticized and be able to assess the soundness of these criticisms.
  • Gain insight into the content of treaties newly concluded, for instance the CETA between the European Union and Canada, and be able to assess how they address the issues of the right of States to regulate and of the legitimacy of arbitration tribunals.

Starts : 2017-10-03 in 6 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Art & Culture EdX History Humanities Literature UAMx

This MOOC focuses on Spanish history between the Renaissance and Baroque periods—a time when the Spanish culture set the tone in the Western world.

The monarchy of this Spain created the first global empire of History. The greatest literary works of this period, including La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, were immediately translated in the first European and American printing houses. Spanish fashion was the trendiest at the Courts of Early Modern Europe. Spanish military and political treaties set the standard for political machinations of the era.

In this period—between the 16th and 17th centuries—, Spain’s society achieved excellence in Arts and Literature. Exceptional and talented people such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Velázquez, were drawn to Madrid. Literary academies, theatre productions and celebrations flourished in other big cities of the Empire as Seville, Lisbon, Barcelona, Naples, Mexico, and Lima. A synthesis of nations united for the loyalty to the Crown and the Catholic faith. In our tour through the Spain of Don Quixote, we will discuss the relationship between fantastic to real geography. Society was polarized between the privileged—nobility and clergy—and the poor and rogues. Humanism was cultivated in universities. Family, food, housing, games, and celebrations played a part in everyday life.

In times of Don Quixote, the lights of Literature and Art geniuses shined upon the shadows of the Inquisition. Let’s travel to this sublime culture of Spanish Golden Age.

Starts : 2017-10-09 in 12 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English ASUx Communication EdX Humanities Philosophy & Ethics

This writing course introduces students to discourse, research, and research writing for the purpose of proposing solutions to problems. Rather than learning about these subjects in the abstract, students will learn by engaging with local problems and issues in their communities. To achieve this, students will learn how to:

  • Develop an actionable central research question
  • Propose a research project
  • Conduct primary and secondary research
  • Design an action-oriented research project for web publication

Proposing solutions to local problems requires grounding research in the local context and communicating clear solutions and calls for action that are understandable and relevant to local audiences.

Students will learn how to conduct research, write about a particular issue, and construct a call to action based upon their research.

This is a unique English course because students will directly learn about the power and pleasures of writing. By engaging with local questions and problems, students will have the opportunity to enter into important discussions and possibly create meaningful changes in the lives of those around them. Students will create a digital portfolio that enables them to publish and share their research and writing.

This course will interest individuals who want to learn more about how to create change in the world through research and writing. This class will also interest those who want to learn how to compose in a digital environment.

If you wish to earn university credit for the course, we will ask you to complete a portfolio in which you demonstrate what you have learned. Specifically, you will address what you have learned in the course and provide evidence that you have acquired the skills and knowledge taught during the course. Credit earned will count as ASU’s First-Year Composition course. However, it is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring the credit.

Starts : 2017-10-10 in 13 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Humanities Law LouvainX

Armed conflicts have always existed all over the world. Unfortunately, recent events have shown that this phenomenon is becoming increasingly complex, especially with respect to certain legal issues, for instance relating to:

  • the definition of armed conflicts when foreign forces are fighting armed groups located in the territory of another State.
  • the definition of combatants when terrorists are involved in the hostilities.
  • the targeting of certain objects which are used for both military and civilian purposes.
  • the detention by rebels of State armed forces.
  • the involvement and status of UN peacekeepers involved in combat operations.
  • the application of the law of occupation to international organizations.

This law course will help you to understand these complex legal issues by teaching you basic norms governing armed conflicts, also known as ‘International Humanitarian Law’ (‘IHL’). This course provides essential theoretical and practical knowledge for students, researchers and academics who wish to specialize in this field. It is also dedicated to professionals, including members of NGOs, involved in armed conflict situations, or members of armed forces.

Starting with the sources and subjects of IHL, as well as its scope of application, the course will address the main substantive norms of IHL governing: the conduct of hostilities; the protection afforded to persons in the hands of the enemy; occupation; and implementation of IHL.

We will discuss questions such as:

  • who and what can be targeted by the enemy.
  • which weapons can be used.
  • which method of warfare is authorized.
  • who enjoys protection and what type of protection.
  • which norms apply in non international armed conflicts.

We will also deal with the different ways through which IHL can be implemented and how belligerents may be held accountable for violations of its rules when committing war crimes or crimes against humanity.

These critical issues will be addressed in light of recent practice, including the fight against ISIS and Al-Qaeda in different regions of the world, as well as other recent conflicts such as those occurring in Armenia, Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, RDC, Syria, The Soudan, Ukraine or Yemen. Older ongoing conflicts, such as the Israeli-Palestinian one, will also be addressed.

Starts : 2017-10-17 in 20 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Humanities Law Social Sciences UAMx

Afortunadamente, cada vez hay más personas sensibles a las especiales privaciones y sufrimientos que afectan a los menores de edad. La explotación sexual de las niñas, la utilización de los niños como soldados, el trabajo infantil, el tráfico internacional de menores… y todo esto sin contar con el hambre, la guerra y las epidemias. Tras dos tímidos precedentes, la comunidad internacional se hizo eco de estas exigencias en la Convención Internacional de Derechos del Niño de 1989 y en la Convención de las Naciones Unidas con mayor número de ratificaciones, aunque con muy limitada eficacia en la realidad.

Nuestro propósito es acercar a todos los profesionales que tratan con la infancia, a los familiares, o a cualquiera que tenga interés y sensibilidad a la respuesta que el Ordenamiento Jurídico puede prestar a esas exigencias específicas. Tomaremos como eje común, sobre el que se articulan los distintos temas, la Convención Internacional de los Derechos del Niño de 1989.

Los cuatro ámbitos sobre los que trabajaremos serán:

  • La sustracción internacional de menores.
  • Menores en desamparo y tutela administrativa.
  • La protección sociolaboral.
  • Situaciones de separación de los progenitores.

¿Cómo abordar los diferentes problemas específicos de la infancia? ¿Qué respuestas puede ofrecer el sistema jurídico? En este curso nos proponemos una aproximación crítica a la realidad y a la regulación jurídica española, europea e internacional de la protección del menor.

Starts : 2017-10-25 in 28 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Art & Culture EdX Humanities Literature UBCx

Have you created an outline and now feel prepared to start writing your novel? Or have you started a novel draft only to find your interest or confidence waning? In this course, the international best-selling authors and professors from The University of British Columbia’s renowned MFA program introduce the essential fiction craft toolbox for writers struggling with the common hurdles of first drafts. 

While ideas and inspiration are often enough to ignite interest in writing a novel, writers can quickly lose confidence, especially when their best efforts have inadvertently produced flat characters, waning conflicts, tangled plots and weak dialogue. Reaching your goal of writing (and perhaps, publishing) a novel requires an understanding of fiction’s deeper mechanics and a familiarity with the specific craft elements that will help translate your creativity and imagination into compelling paragraphs, scenes and chapters.

Through writing exercises aimed at developing new skills, concrete examples from published novels, feedback and discussion with fellow writers and opportunities to identify and strengthen weaknesses in their own projects, learners will broaden their knowledge of fiction craft as they explore creating memorable characters, the art of scene design, tactics for managing unwieldy plots and steps for writing layered and meaningful dialogue.

Whether you’re beginning your novel draft or nearing the end, this course is a unique opportunity to learn the essentials of strong fiction writing from award-winning authors sharing their proven methods and approaches.

The course is recommended for professional and aspiring writers, writing groups, those participating in NaNoWriMo, teachers and anyone who has a novel in progress.

Starts : 2017-11-14 in 48 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Health & Safety Humanities KULeuvenX

This course explores a variety of electronic applications used in the promotion of healthy behavior, focusing on cases relating to physical health (electronic cigarettes), mental health (apps and wearables), and social health (e-mediation). In each of these areas, experts will share cutting-edge scientific knowledge and demonstrate some of the latest e-applications to boost healthy behavior. The course consists of 3 modules:

  1. e-Cigarette: Promoting physical health. In this module, you will learn about the potential implications of e-cigarettes as a Tobacco Harm Reduction Strategy. You will gain contemporary scientific knowledge about the safety, efficacy, and potential health threats of using e-cigarettes.
  2. e-Mental Health: Promoting mental health. In this module, you will learn about innovations in online, mobile and wearable tools used in mental healthcare (a rapidly expanding field), as well as their potential advantages and disadvantages.
  3. e-Mediation: Promoting social health. In this module, you will learn about the core principles of mediation, and how you can use electronic communication to prevent escalation and promote conflict resolution during the mediation process.

This MOOC consists of knowledge clips, demonstration movies, exercises, discussion, and homework (reading) assignments.

Starts : 2017-12-14 in 78 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English AdelaideX EdX Humanities Literature

Shakespeare’s work has influenced the way we think about our relationships and ourselves. His plays are still as relevant today as when they were written almost 400 years ago.

In this introductory course, you will learn how Shakespeare uses emotion in his plays, how his characters experience and manipulate emotions, and how the emotional resonance of the plays makes them powerfully relevant to the modern world.

As you follow and engage with the emotional journeys of characters in tragedy, comedy, tragicomedy, and history; you will discover patterns of plot, action, and speech that will help you appreciate, understand, and discuss Shakespeare’s plays.

Each week of the course will focus on a different emotion. You’ll cover the range of emotions found in Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and King Henry V.

This course includes interactive activities, and interviews with a range of people engaged creatively and professionally with Shakespeare’s plays. You’ll be encouraged to interpret Shakespeare in your own way - to find ‘your Shakespeare.’

You will learn how to read a Shakespeare play and gain the tools you need to interpret its language. You will also have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to direct scenes from the plays. And you’ll learn about the various kinds of Shakespearean drama, and the dramatic and poetic techniques Shakespeare uses to investigate the human condition.

Starts : 2018-01-17 in 112 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Humanities Literature UC BerkeleyX

This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. . This course will focus on great pieces of drama and how we read and interpret them. We will discuss the works of William Shakespeare and Edmond Rostand. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about literature and writing, this course is for you.

Starts : 2018-12-31 in 460 days
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Coursera Free Closed [?] Foreign Languages English Education Humanities Social Sciences

By the end of this course you will have developed a spoken and written profile in German that reflects your backgrounds, customs and the cities you live in. Through the medium of a foreign language, we will learn about each other and exchange our reactions to contemporary German life and lifestyles.

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