Dude, I don’t know how long EdX has been around but I just heard about it so I totally want to share this with you guys. Free college classes! I loved my college courses and totally miss being a part of a class. EdX is totally real, legit and not a scam. You just register for the courses you want and you can either audit, meaning just get the info and watch the videos, and take exams for fun, or you can take the class, do the homework, tests and earn a certificate of completion. I am nerd-ing out with excitement. I don’t think you can earn real college credit with these courses but you do get to see what the classes at Harvard, MIT, Berkeley (and many more top notch schools) are like. This could prove invaluable if you’re thinking of applying there.
EdX offers classes in a range of subjects from literature and humanities to computer science and physics.
Here are some class descriptions (that I totally want to take).
“This course will examine how the spread of trade, investment, and technology across borders affects firms, workers, and communities in developed and developing countries. It investigates who gains from globalization and who is hurt or disadvantaged by globalization.”
“The last century ushered in significant progress. Philosophers, scientists, artists, and poets overthrew our understanding of the physical world, of human behavior, of thought and its limits, and of art, creativity, and beauty. Scientific progress improved the way we lived across the world.
Yet the last century also brought increased levels of war, tyranny, and genocide. Man pushed boundaries of good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice – and people lost faith in values. Now, thinkers and leaders are reconstructing theories of value and creating institutions to embody them.”
“Modern China presents a dual image: a society transforming itself through economic development and infrastructure investment that aspires to global leadership; and the world’s largest and oldest bureaucratic state, with multiple traditions in its cultural, economic, and political life. The modern society and state that is emerging in China will bear the indelible imprint of China’s historical experience, of its patterns of philosophy and religion, and of its social and political thought and practice. Understanding China in the 21st century is inseparable from understanding China’s history as a great world civilization.”