Updated Oct. 29, 2012
So many courses, so little time…. Here I list intriguing courses I haven’t had time to review. If I’ve listened long enough to form an opinion, I include a comment. I also include suggestions made by readers.
Please note: It is not my goal to create a comprehensive list of courses. I leave that to the able folks at sites like Open Culture. Instead my goal is to highlight courses that might not appear in the larger directories, or that have been recommended by my readers. (For other online course directories see Getting Started and Best free courses & lectures.)
Anthropology of Religion (website) Richley Crapo, Utah State University
This course is chock full of fascinating details of religions from around the world, which range from the tales and practices of hunter-gatherer peoples to the rites of large-scale denominations of modern America. Crapo’s somnolent delivery mars an otherwise interesting offering.
History of Art (iTunes) multiple speakers, Oxford University.
Arts of China (iTunes), multiple speakers, Asian Art Museum.
Life in the Universe (iTunes) Richard Pogge, Ohio State University.
Introductory Economics –website– John Palmer, University of Western Ontario
This is a serviceable introduction to basic concepts in economics. It would be greatly improved if you could see the graphs being discussed in lecture.
Principles of Macroeconomics (iTunes), Thomas Wyrick, Missouri State University
This course includes video lectures and transcripts.
Video Lectures –website– Mark Thoma, University of Oregon
Thoma has posted lectures for three of his economics courses: History of Economic Thought, Monetary Theory and Policy and Econometrics.
American History before 1870 (iTunes) and US History since 1877 (iTunes), Gretchen Reilly, Temple College
This presentation sounds more like an audio book than a series of lectures because there is no interaction with students on the soundtrack.
Crash Course on Jewish History (website), Ken Spiro.
Recommended by reader Rebecca.
History of the Modern Middle East (iTunes), Richard Bulliet, Columbia University.
Medicine and Public Health in American History (Website) Chris Hamlin, Notre Dame
The Peculiar Modernity of Britain, 1848-2000 (iTunes) James Vernon, UC Berkeley.
United States History to 1865 (iTunes, website) and United States History, 1865-Present (iTunes, website), David Noon University of Alaska Southeast
Noon converses with students, asking for their ideas and comments as he covers the main events in American history. The pace is a bit slow for my taste and the teacher repeats himself too much for this to be a four or five-star offering.
The United States and the World Since 1945 (iTunes) Daniel Sargent, UC Berkeley
Recommended by reader Ham.
Religion, the Occult, and Science 1600 to the Present (YouTube), Courteney Raia, UCLA
Recommended by reader BCamarda.
Religious History of the U.S. from the Earliest European Settlements to the Present (website) Carole Bucy, Vanderbilt University
Recommended by reader Evan Millner.
A Brief History of Authorship (website) Christoph Reinfandt, University of Tübingen.
Recommended by reader Dennis Remarque.
Approaching Shakespeare (iTunes) Emma Smith, Oxford University.
Science Fiction and Politics –iTunes– Courtney Brown, Emory University
Worlds of Wordcraft – iTunes– Jay Clayton, Matthew Hall, Vanderbilt University
This literature course looks at game design and the world of on-line gaming as well as readings like Spenser’s Faerie Queene. The audio recordings include class discussion as well as presentations by the professors. If you’re interested in the history of computer games, be sure to check out the Chronology of Influences on Gaming part 1 and part 2.: The syllabus is here.
Pre-Calculus Algebra, (website) St Petersburg College.
Recommended by reader Eric Balkan.
Single Variable Calculus (website) David Jerison, MIT.
Part of the recently launched website, OCW Scholar, this course is organized into modules with objectives, problem sets, lecture videos, and even custom-made videos of graduate student TAs conducting an on-line discussion sections to go over more problem examples.
How to Listen to Classical Music (website) Giancarlo Guerrero, music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony.
Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (iTunes) James Grant, Oxford University.
Critical Reasoning for Beginners (iTunes) Marianne Talbot, Oxford University.
Heidegger (Archive.org) Hubert Dreyfus, UC Berkeley.
Environmental Ethics (iTunes) Dan Sturgis, CU Boulder.
Existentialism in Literature and Film (feed) Sean Kelly, Harvard University.
Heidegger’s Being and Time (website) Sean Kelly, Harvard University.
Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (iTunes) Dan Robinson, Oxford University. Recommended by reader Krivo.
Later Heidegger (website) Sean Kelly, Harvard University.
Medical Ethics (website) David Solomon, University of Notre Dame.
Moral and Social Problems (website), Gary Zabel, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Philosophy of Language (iTunes, materials) John Searle, UC Berkeley.
Recommended by reader Dennis Remarque.
Political, Economic & Social Thought (iTunes), Charles W. Anderson, University of Wisconsin.
The Sacred and The Secular (website) Sean Kelly, Harvard University.
Muscular Judaism –website– – iTunes– Filmmaker and photographer Eli Ungar
This course examines the biblical story of Samson line by line in Hebrew and English, looking at that literary structure of the biblical text as well as insights of traditional and modern commentators. Ungar makes extensive use of Israeli novelist David Grossman’s book Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Samson.
The Life & Teachings of Jesus and The Life & Letters of Paul from Covenant Theological Seminary. The History of Philosophy and Christian Thought from Reformed Theological Seminary and from Concordia Seminary, Biblical Hermeneutics
Recommended by reader Anair
Astronomy 161, Richard Pogge, (iTunes) Ohio State University
Recommended by reader Baxter Wood.
Modeling Politics (iTunes) Courtney Brown, Emory University.
This freshman seminar focuses on how mathematics are applied in the social sciences.
Life & Death in the USA (website) Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University.
Recommended by Sharon.
Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams (iTunes) Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon
This moving lecture was the “last lecture” by Prof. Randy Pausch, who talked about his life philosophy after learning that he had terminal cancer. It became an internet sensation and a bestselling book. Pausch also delivered a famous lecture on time management (iTunes). (Recommended by reader Marisa.)