Melle van der Meer
- 2 reviews
- 1 completed
The content of this course is very well structured and presented in a simple but effective way. You are not bothered by an overload of detail, but on the other hand all the facts are there to study and consider. For me it is a very good refresher for my earlier studies of this period. This course does not offer you great, inspiring or surprisings new insights. But it gives you a very thorough and clear view on what happened, why it happened and which choices people made while it happened. The viewpoint is often a bit traditional Europe/US centred, although China and India are covered well. The quiz each week is helpfull, the discussion forums are mostly filled with people talking rubbish. The course is quite different and therefore complementary to Adelman's Global History at Princeton, last fall also on Coursera.
Fascinating overviews across the broad spectrum of world history, with significant attention to non-western history. The professor is a very good amiable TV/video personality. A problem was the peer-review system of grading the essays. That does not really work, and seems especially a problem in MOOC's in the humanities. You needed a good background in history to really appreciate the way very complex subjects were handled. A strong point were discussions with specialists on different subjects.