HarvardX offers courses in humanities, law, social sciences
By Michael Patrick Rutter
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Students from around the world can enroll in edX courses, which are designed specifically for interactive study via the Web.
With an emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences, topics include the concept of the hero in classical Greek civilization and literature, the riddle of world poverty, and global environmental change.
Harvard will offer four new courses during the spring season and several “beta” learning modules. Although students will be able to register for the HarvardX and edX courses immediately, the start and completion dates of each will vary.
The three fully open HarvardX courses are:
- “The Ancient Greek Hero,” taught by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);
- “Justice,” taught by Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, FAS; and
- “Human Health and Global Environmental Change,” taught by Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital.
In addition, “Copyright” will be taught by William Fisher III, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.