Daily Archives: December 21, 2012

EdX expansion set for spring


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.

EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its spring course and module offerings today.

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.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Climate change on world stage


Q&A with Robert Stavins on prospects for adopting a plan to confront it

By Alvin Powell

Harvard Staff Writer

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

“My view is that the best thing that Harvard can do [to
combat climate change] is to carry out first-rate research, combined with the best possible teaching, and effective outreach to the public sector and the private sector. That’s our comparative advantage,” said Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

International climate talks wrapped up last week in Qatar. Harvard Professor Robert Stavins attended and characterized the gathering as a qualified success, representing another step in a long process of reaching a workable international agreement.

Gazette staff writer Al Powell talked with Stavins about the work of international delegates and the prospects for a meaningful agreement going forward.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Deadly floods strike rain-soaked Sri Lanka