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Alec Rogers

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This was one of the best MOOCs I've experienced. The instructor was Belgian if I recall, but his English was superb. Course support was also excellent. The course serves as a comprehensive constitutional overview of EU law, and uses actual cases, directives etc. Testing is done much like law school; rather than regurgitation students are asked to apply their knowledge to hypothetical fact patterns.
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I have a degree in political philosophy, but had read very little about other branches of philosophy and thought it would be a good way to understand the topic generally. The course does not really provide a survey of philosophy, but rather introduces students to what it is to "do" philosophy and then spends six weeks illustrating how philosophers work by taking an in depth look at some of philosophy's most interesting questions, e.g. how do we know what we know, what claims are involved in ethics, what is the aim of science? Grounding students in philosophical methodology rather than inculcating them in different fields of philosophy is the course's aim, although by studying these illustrative questions students will have a better understanding some of yesterday and today's main philosophical disagreements and debates. There is a lot of repetition in the lectures, which are generally short to begin with. Notes and summaries large repeat that lectures. A short book available for purchase is little more than a bound set of transcripts. The course is fairly easy in terms of time commitment and the ability to obtain a certificate (50%+ is needed on each week's quiz and there are three chances per quiz). A short paper in purely optional (no impact on obtaining a certificate). Overall, I enjoyed the course and found it a worthwhile investment of time to learn more about philosophy without spending a lot of time doing so. For those looking to come away with a better grounding of the basics in different substantive areas of philosophy as opposed to an introduction to the philosophical methodology, this isn't the course. There are a few references to Hume, Plato, et. al. but mostly in the course of illustrating the arguments rather than any cohesive attempt to explain their approaches.