9 weird online courses you must check out!! 

Online courses are designed in such a way that their knowledge sharing is profitable, desirable, significant, relevant, and meritorious to students. But there are courses online which, though have significance, are surprising and weird. They are subjects which you would not have even thought of getting trained on. Now check these weird online courses

  1. Antiquities trafficking and Art Crime: The University of Glasgow has developed this course and is available free online. You will learn the social, political, and moral issues associated with the trafficking of antiques and what is the idea and criminological aspect behind the crime. The tutor is none other than Donna Yates, an Archaeologist in criminology.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/art-crime

  1. Why We Post-The Anthropology of Social Media: Social media is the talk of the century, but ever thought what their impacts are and why do we post on social media. Find out the same in this free online course, which basically teaches you on the various uses and its consequences of social media. Duration of the course is five weeks and is developed by UCL.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/anthropology-social-media

  1. Babies in Mind- Why the Parent’s Mind Matters: This free online course designed by the University of Warwick, and taught by Jane Barlow- Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, and Dawn Cannon- Course Director for Infant Mental Health Online is based on why and what are the influence of parent’s thoughts and minds during pregnancy, on the unborn baby. The course elaborates the concepts of the psychology related to the infant and how parents influence that.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/babies-in-mind

  1. Lottery of Birth: Study as to where, when, and to whom you were born has affected or can affect the course of your life. How you are being born at a particular time, place, location. Society, community, gender and nation can influence your life? The duration of the course is four weeks and is developed by the Open University UK.

Link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/lottery-of-birth

  1. Death: The philosophy of the truth of life- Death is being transformed into a free online course by Yale University and is very fascinatingly presented by Professor Shelly Kagan. He, in a very philosophical manner, takes the twice a week, 50 minute class and throws light on subjects like immortality, attitudes towards death, death and evil and much more.

Link: http://oyc.yale.edu/philosophy/phil-176

  1. Music as Biology: Created by the Duke University with Daul Purves this free online course defines in detail how sound, its tone can trigger human emotions? Which tone sets the positive emotions and which are the causes of mind diverting in the not so positive frame? How the mechanics of sound get correlated with the biological sensory stimulus? The perception of sound and its tonalities are discussed in this course and explanations on why we like certain scales and not others? The effect of socioeconomic cultures of music and human emotions are described in the course.

Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/music-as-biology

  1. Terrorism and Counterterrorism: The twenty-two weeks-long free online course is developed by the Georgetown University and is being created by Jonathan Brown and Daniel Byman. It primarily explores the differentiation of defining terrorism, different philosophies followed by terrorist groups like – Al Qaeda, the ISIS, the Hamas and much The course allows takes you through the technology used by the terrorist, their recruitment process, and how counterterrorism under the rule of law is undertaken.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/terrorism-counterterrorism-georgetownx-guix-501-03x

  1. Understanding the Origins of Crime: The course deals with the selection of crime as a profession or by chance or may a natural process, by an individual. It discusses the reason as to how criminals take crime as a natural selection? It deals with the process of this selection and what is the behavior of the criminal and how you can predict that. The four-week long course is developed by the Griffith University with Aaron Sell and is available as a free online course.

Link: https://www.open2study.com/courses/understanding-the-origins-of-crime

  1. Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data: This astoundingly weird course is designed by the University of Washington and has Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West as the instructors. The objective of the course is to recognize bullshit and deactivate it. The basis that the world is full of bullshit and you must be armed accordingly to fight them back. You must be in a position to figure out what kind of bullshit you are encountering and why the same is bullshit. Once done, you must frame a satisfactory explanation to counter it.

Link:  http://callingbullshit.org/

The need of all these online courses can only be justified when the benefits are reaped by the students. Nevertheless, everything has a flip side to it and its utility can only decide the significance. Any course taken with a target, a positive attitude and learned properly will surely provide dividends.

April 26, 2018

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