UCSD posts Spring 2010 course roster

Something interesting is happening at the University of California San Diego podcast website.

The roster of new classes for spring quarter (starts March 29) is now available. But 19 podcast from last quarter are still available, including Matthew Herbst’s excellent History of the Byzantine Empire (feed).

I wonder if this is the beginning of a trend. Will more than a handful of UCSD courses remain on the server after the end of the term?

One can hope. But still, I don’t advise counting on it. Check out the remaining 19 Winter 2010 offerings and download while you still can. They may soon disappear.

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4 Responses to UCSD posts Spring 2010 course roster

  1. Simon says:

    Hello Dara,
    Absolutely love the blog! Have listened to three courses on your suggestion. All three on american history; Jennifer Burns’ survey course from Berkeley, Jack Rakove’s Colonial and Revolutionary America and I only recently completed David Blight’s “Civil War and Reconstruction”.
    I very much enjoyed your selections. I do have a question/request for you.
    What are there for african history courses?
    What would you suggest?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
    Love the Blog!

    • Dara says:

      Thanks for your kind words. I enjoy your feedback. About courses on Africa– I haven’t encountered an entire course on African history, but here are some things you might try:
      1) European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present – Website – by Margaret Anderson. Her 4/8 lecture gives a great over-view of the European “scramble for Africa” in the 19th century.
      2) History of the International System by James Sheehan (iTunes) has some great lectures on the process of decolonization, and independence. Lecture 15 is about Africa.
      3) Keep your eye on the UCSD website. They have a series of six courses called MMW — Making of the Modern Word, which is world history from the first hominids to today. Each course includes a bit about all civilizations, so you’ll get Africa along with everything else. Most UCSD courses disappear at the end of each quarter, so you have to download them while you can. Tara Carter’s MMW 1 is still on the server, and I highly recommend it. It’s more anthropology than history, but there’s lots about Africa — after all that’s where we all came from.

  2. There is indeed very little about Africa. The only Africa dedicated podcast I know about is from Michigan State University and called Africa Past And Present – which already indicates it is not just history.
    the feed is: http://afripod.aodl.org/?feed=podcast

    There was a good lecture (with bad audio) at Virginia Tech by history professor Joseph Miller, titled: “Medieval” & “Early Modern” Africa? Thinking Outside the European Box.
    review: http://anneisaman.blogspot.com/2008/03/thinking-outside-european-box.html

    Lecture 8 in the Stanford lecture series about Geopolitics (by Martin Lewis) is about Africa: http://anneisaman.blogspot.com/2008/06/africa-global-geopolitics-podcast.html

  3. Simon says:

    Your help is immensely helpful , thank you very much!

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