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Rahul Deans

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  • 4 reviews
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I took this course because its a subject that has interested me and this was an opportunity to study it from arguably the finest teachers and institute in the world. I was one of the `500' selected for the `certificate' course on the basis of a paper that interested students have to submit. While reading all the material and listening to the lectures will take 6-8 hours/week, you would require a little more time to participate in forum discussions. Given the background of participants (several from the Military, foreign service or from countries that are being studied) the forum discussions were informative and engaging. What I liked was that we got to discuss issues like Iran and Syria and see our views actually play out on our TV screens. I would have been happier with a slightly longer course, feedback on assignments and better sound quality.
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An excellent course and one I recommended that my team enroll for (I'm a company CEO). The course content will be of interest to almost anyone - from someone with only a casual interest in the subject, to a an experienced professional who might want to apply some of the concepts to this work. Dan is an excellent Professor who teaches in a fun manner that makes the `psychology stuff' easy to understand. There are a lot of simple examples and tests to illustrate the main concepts taught. The course forums are also helpful and informative. The Teaching assistants also put in a lot of work and that helps make the course run as well as it does. The quizzes & exam ensure you have understood the material. My only regret was that I did not have the time to complete all the reading assignments.
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I took this course as I am interested in the Middle East and History. I found the course very informative and though I had read a fair amount about the subject in the past, the course taught me a lot. Prof Susser is an authority on the subject and was able to lecture in a very dispassionate manner - not easy when discussing topics as controversial as for e.g. Israel-Palestine ! A lot of learning for me was from active participation in the forums. Posts can be very emotional, which is understandable, given the nature of the subject, but that also gives one the opportunity to understand how a conflict can look so different to people on either side. The course covers all parts of the Middle East during the last 200+ years. The quiz scores do reflect how well you have followed the lectures. I would have been happier with a little more depth in some of the material and perhaps more (online) reading material.
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I am an MBA with 20 years of corporate experience and am now a company CEO. I took this course to revise my concepts and get a basic understanding of contemporary issues in marketing ( for e.g. the internet was not around when I studied marketing!) The course met my expectations. Some material was very basic, other modules more interesting. The forum discussions were a mixed bag - though what participants might find helpful are the large no of articles posted on the various topics. The 3 professors were engaging and passionate about the subject. I would have liked to see more case studies and a little more detail in the modules we covered. The quizzes we had might have been made a bit more challenging.