Really well, thanks. It’s just my kind of course: no papers to write, no homework, no exams. The only downside was downloading 1.6 gig of video lectures. Yes, I ended up downloading the lot, and that takes patience on Unwired where download speeds vary from 14k to 110k a second. Initially I had downloaded just one lecture because I thought it would help – as it will – in one aspect of the HSC Extension English course. Then I was hooked.
Point is I like learning this way, better than reading sometimes, especially when the teachers are as good as the ones at Yale – not to mention the guests, Tony Blair being one. You see, I have been struggling with what to make of Robert Shapiro’s Futurecast: How Superpowers, Populations and Globalization Will Change the Way You Live and Work (2008) and this course fills in the background beautifully, as well as tying in with my religious and ethical interests.
The course is very well designed, and its components woven together and signposted with great pedagogical skill. It is Yale, after all, so one might hope for something a bit above average. (Better yet, it’s free!)
In the second lecture “Prof. Douglas Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management and Professor of Political Science introduces students in the Yale University Faith and Globalization seminar to historical forces influencing globalization and major world religions.” He is tentative about the second part, being, as he said, a secular humanist himself.