- 6 reviews
- 6 completed
I expected to learn more about how our contexts shape our behaviours and my expectations were perfectly met. The course is one of the best I have done so far. It sharpened my awareness about how our peers and working environments influence us in a profound way. The discussions on the forums were delightful and the instructors also were very active and tried to engage with us through the forums and regular Google hangouts. We learnt about many examples of unethical decisions in organizations such as the Ford Pinto and the Challenger disaster and how the circumstances lead people who were not evil by nature to behave in a way that produced very evil outcomes. In the final week we learnt how to defend ourselves against the mechanism that make us ethically blind. Since we are all embedded in some sort of context I recommend this course to anyone with all my heart.
I expected this course to be a bit superficial because there were only four weeks of materials - and it was. On the other hand the passionate instructors taught as much as they could in the time they had and I learnt quite a few things which I did not expect. For example, that being stigmatized is acutally the BIGGEST challenge an obese or overweight people are facing. I also internalised that obesity is not related to laziness or greed one tends to think but that it is a very complex issues that affects very different people. The discussions in the comments were also much more vivid and interesting than on most other courses I have completed so far. Each week we were asked to post our thoughts on different questions or share videos or articles with the other participants. All in all: I recomment this course to people who like thought-provoking impulse as a way to connect with people from around the world.
I came to this course with a very superficial knowledge about Global Health andt the WHO and felt much more educated about these topics afterwards. In comparison to other courses the presentation is sometimes a bit dry and the audio a bit scratchy but the enthusiasm of the instructors made me forget these trivialities very quickly. Although many topics were covered we plunged quite deeply into the material through videos, articles and discussions in the forums. The instructors also sent interesting supplementary information and still communicate with former participants even weeks after the course. What I liked best about the course was that many half-truths about diseases such as diabetes and obesity were uncovered which helped me to become much more educated about the topic of Global Health. At the end I felt very motivated to make the world a safe and healthy place - and that this is indeed possible if we all act accordingly.
The course turned out differently than I expected but I still learnt a lot from it. Each week was dedicated to a different question such as "What is ageing?", "What is it to be old?", "What is an aging society?" etc. In addition to lectures about these topics the participants were asked to answer this question through a submission of their choice. These submissions were then read and graded by peers. All in all it was a very interesting experience. I only found the couse quite US-centric (e.g. one lecture bored me a bit because as a German I don't need convincing that free health insurance is a good thing) and towoards the end some aspects seemed to repeat themselves. The same happened in the student submissions because the questions often overlapped. For example I almost read the same essay about the question "What is it to age well?" and the question "What do ageing societies need to do to prepare for the future?" I also would have liked a few more practical recommendations about what can be done to age better. Still I recommend this course to people who are interesting in this very intriguing topic of changing demographics in the US and the rest of the world.
This is a great course for people who are both interested in English literature and English country houses. I have rarely seen such beautiful video clips in a MOOC. The participants were taken on a tour around the countries and with each country house we visited we studied novels, poems and other texts that are connected to these places. A very important part of this course was close reading. In every chapter we were asked to read an excerpt and post our interpretation in the comments. This resulted in a quite a number of lively discussions which I also enjoyed. The only thing that confused me a bit was that some chapters were much shorter than others - so my time schedule didn't always work out. But apart from that it was a lovely course :)
I enjoyed this course immensely because we learnt a lot about human memory and the difficulties when it comes to witness identification. In addition to articles about current studies, the course provided a wide range of online resources, expert interviews and examples for miscarriage of justice in the past. I found the theoretical part of the course very helpful for the practical part where participants could apply their new knowledge while solving a staged crime. We followed the investigation of two fictional detectives who used different approaches to solve a robbery. It felt a bit like watching two parallel universes where the same crime was solved by different detectives. In the end different people were convicted and we as participants had decide whether the police officers had made sound decisions or not. This demonstrated to me how important forensic psychology really is in order to avoid injustice. Thank you to the instructors for this amazing experience – I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in this topic!