EdX has announced its spring 2013 schedule, which includes its first set of courses in the humanities and social sciences. In its second semester, edX expands its online courses to a variety of subjects and is also bringing back several courses from its popular offerings in the fall semester.
“EdX is both revolutionizing and democratizing education,” said Anant Agarwal, President of edX. “In just eight months we’ve attracted more than half a million unique users from around the world to our learning portal. Now, with these spring courses we are entering a new era – and are poised to touch millions of lives with the best courses from the best faculty at the best institutions in the world.”
- Justice from Michael Sandel, the Harvard political philosopher whose online lectures have become a global sensation, and inspired millions to think critically about the moral and civic dilemmas facing their societies.
- Introduction to Statistics from Ani Adhikari, the UC Berkeley lecturer in statistics and recipient of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
- The Challenges of Global Poverty from Esther Duflo, the MIT economist who has led a comprehensive evaluation of the roots of poverty in developing nations.
- The Ancient Greek Hero from Gregory Nagy, the professor of ancient Greek literature at Harvard who specializes in the linguistic analysis of epic and tragedy as performed in their historical contexts.
- Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation from Umesh Vazirani, the UC Berkeley computer scientist whose work has helped change our understanding of the relationship between information and quantum physics.
- Human Health and Global Environmental Change from Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and Aaron Bernstein, a physician who studies why climate change, biodiversity loss, and other planetary scale environmental changes matter to our health and what needs to be done to remedy them.
“I’m delighted to have my Justice course on edX,” said Michael Sandel, Ann T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, “where students everywhere will be able to engage in a global dialogue about the big moral and civic questions of our time.”
In addition to these new courses, edX is bringing back several courses from the popular fall 2012 semester: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming; Introduction to Solid State Chemistry; Introduction to Artificial Intelligence; Software as a Service I; Software as a Service II; Foundations of Computer Graphics.
More info at edX.