I have been browsing around in the recently restored UC Berkeley Classic Courses, trying to find some of my old favorites from my Best free courses & lectures collection. It wasn’t easy because the restored courses are listed only by subject and course number, lacking both the descriptive title and the instructor’s name. Here are the restored favorites I found.
European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present (iTunes) Margaret Anderson, UC Berkeley.
Anderson gives a great overview of European history hitting all of the highlights with insight and humor. The syllabus is here.
The Rise and Fall of the Second Reich (iTunes) Margaret Anderson, UC Berkeley.
This fascinating course gives the background for understanding German culture, romanticism, the origins of the first world war and the tragic rise of National Socialism. Anderson is a dynamic lecturer and makes each period come alive, with references to art and literature.
The Roman Empire (iTunes) Isabelle Pafford, UC Berkeley.
This class looks at the history of Rome from the late Republic to the rule of Constantine. It gives a fascinating overview of Roman culture and institutions as well as the history. She also teaches The Ancient Mediterranean World (iTunes).
American History from the Civil War (iTunes), Jennifer Burns, UC Berkeley.
This 2006 course covers the big events from Reconstruction to the attacks of 9/11. It is especially strong in its coverage of Barry Goldwater and the rise of conservatism.
Developmental Psychology (iTunes) Lori Markson, UC Berkeley.
This is a fascinating look at how kids grow and develop. I wish I knew this when my kids were small. See especially the lecture entitled The 21st Century Family, which describes research on different parenting styles, contrasting permissive styles with authoritarian styles. Bottom line: it’s best to give a child firm limits, while maintaining some flexibility.