Never Too Late To Learn: 9 Online Courses You Should Try
If your biggest problem right now is figuring out what to do with all that free time, then consider yourself lucky. The Internet is filled with great ideas that range from home makeovers to meal prep recipes, even online courses taught by some of the world’s most respected universities. See what Harvard, Princeton, and John Hopkins have to offer you — for free! Platforms like Coursera and edX make it totally possible (and convenient) to both deepen your knowledge and kill some time.
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technology (Princeton University)
Instructor: Arvind Narayanan
Course Length: 18 hours
Bitcoin made a big splash on the Internet a couple of years ago — but do you really understand what it is or how it works? If you’re interested to learn about this new wave of finance, check out Princeton University’s “Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies” on Coursera. Learn more about how Bitcoin works, how it operates, how it’s regulated, and what its future might hold in this 18-hour course taught by Arvind Narayanan. Click on this link to find out more.
Masterpieces of World Literature (Harvard University)
Instructor: David Damsroch, Martin Puchner
Course Length: 12 weeks (5-7 hours per week)
This course by Harvard University offers students a chance to learn about how writers past and present incorporate their culture into their written worlds. It will go in-depth on each writer’s artistic modes and historical contexts to understand the way global cultures are intertwined today. With a syllabus that includes works by Salman Rushdie, Murasaki Shikibu, and even the epic poet, Homer, this course is the perfect way to explore your love for literature and culture. While this course is completely free, students have the option to add USD149 for a verified certificate. Click on this link to find out more.
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Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract (Harvard University)
Instructor: Charles Fried
Course Length: 8 weeks (3-6 hours per week)
We’ve all had our own experiences with something as commonplace as a contract. We sign them for our jobs, for our bank transactions, even for large purchases. Now, take an opportunity to truly understand what contracts mean and how they work with Charles Fried’s course on contract law. This program will provide students with an introduction to what a contract is, its legal relations, and the legality and morality of what it entails. The course will also investigate common pitfalls behind contracts such as frauds and one-sided promises. Take on this free 8-week course with one of the world’s leading authorities on contract law at edX. Click on this link to find out more.
The Age of Sustainable Development (Columbia University)
Instructor: Jeffrey Sachs
Course Length: 38 hours
Now more than ever, the world is beginning to realise the importance of sustainable development. But how does one achieve sustainable development, and at what cost? This 38-hour course will discuss those issues and more, helping students to understand how our community can achieve economic development that's both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Click on this link to find out more.
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The Science of Well-Being (Yale University)
Instructor: Laurie Santos
Course Length: 20 hours
Feeling stressed with current events? Why not check out Yale University’s 20-hour course on “The Science of Well-Being”? It aims to engage its students in a series of challenges which are designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. The course will also discuss common misconceptions about what happiness means, as well as the psychology and research behind what we can do to change that. This course is perfect for those looking to break bad habits as it aims to help you incorporate wellness activities into your life, for your own benefit. Click on this link to find out more.
International Women's Health and Human Rights (Stanford University)
Instructor: Anne Firth Murray
Course Length: 48 hours
As we approach the final week of International Women’s Month, we mustn't forget that while the month is at its close, our continuing celebration of women does not end here. With this, we introduce a course on women’s health and women’s rights as a way for people to dip their toes into the realities that some women face. With a syllabus that treads on hard-hitting topics such as female genital mutilation, HIV/AIDS, and women’s economic empowerment, this 48-hour Coursera program is perfect for everyone looking to understand and empower themselves or their allies. Click on this link to find out more.
Child Nutrition and Cooking (Stanford University)
Instructor: Maya Adam, MD
Course Length: 9 Hours
One of the most important things we must teach our children is how to eat a balanced diet. And while this may be overlooked by some adults, it’s never too late to learn, which is why Stanford University is offering this health course that focuses on child nutrition. This program will include a comprehensive look at eating patterns throughout recent decades, as well as how individual decisions impact the future of a child’s life (particularly when it comes to food). Health risks and obesity will also be discussed in this 9-hour course taught by Maya Adam. Click on this link to find out more.
Dog Emotion and Cognition (Duke University)
Instructor: Brian Hare
Course Length: 12 hours
Pet lovers unite in this exciting new course from Duke University. Learn more about the psychology of man’s best friend as you follow through a fascinating syllabus of histories, canine cognitions, and typical behaviours from your favourite companions. Use this new knowledge to strengthen your relationship with your beloved pet — who we’re sure you’re spending a lot of time with now! Click on this link to find out more.
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Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach (John Hopkins University)
Instructor: William Eaton, PhD, Ramin Mojtabai, MD, Wietse A. Tol, MD
Course Length: 17 hours
Depression has always been an important topic to tackle — but have the conversations you’ve heard ever engaged in come from a public health perspective? This course aims to apply public health principles such as epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention onto depression. This course will illuminate how depression is not just an individual problem, but a societal one as well. Click on this link to find out more.