Spring quarter classes are now underway at UCSD and UCLA. As usual, the UCSD podcast page offers an impressive array of courses (I count 89), but in a new and troubling development, some of the courses are hidden behind a password barrier. Let’s hope this does not become a trend.
Some previous UCSD favorites are back.
MMW 13 New Ideas/ Cultural Encounters ( feed) Matthew Herbst.
MMW (Making of the Modern World) is a 6-part course that covers world history, from the earliest hominids to the present day. Matthew Herbst, a masterful teacher, leads this tour through world history from 1200 to 1750. (See earlier post Making of the Modern World at UCSD.)
U.S. Religion & Law: Civil War to Present (feed) Michael Parrish.
Historian Michael Parrish teaches this survey of religion and law in America since the Civil War. Emphasis is on legal history, with discussion of cases about religion.
UCLA keeps most of its courses behind a password wall, but two great courses are open to the public.
Western Civilization, 1715-Present (2009 Youtube, current audio feed), Lynn Hunt.
Hunt brings new insights to this subject and helps me think about history in new ways. She usually begins each lecture with a musical selection, and describes how the arts are bound up with the political and social histories of each era. See post: A great Western Civ course from UCLA.
Sociology of Mass Communication (feed) Gabriel Rossman.
How does the American entertainment industry work and why does it work that way? Why are media conglomerates getting bigger and bigger? You’ll find the answers in this course. Rossman has an entertaining, conversational style and peppers his lectures with lots of examples. The 2008 syllabus has links to many of the assigned readings, which are available for free on the web.