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Jun 26th 2017

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet.

Average: 7.8 (4 votes)
Jun 19th 2017

Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively.

Average: 7.6 (5 votes)
Jun 19th 2017

Learn how to model social and economic networks and their impact on human behavior. How do networks form, why do they exhibit certain patterns, and how does their structure impact diffusion, learning, and other behaviors? We will bring together models and techniques from economics, sociology, math, physics, statistics and computer science to answer these questions.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Jun 19th 2017

The “What Is Social?" MOOC is for business owners, executives, and marketing professionals who want to significantly improve their abilities to grow their social strategy using effective, proven methodologies. This hands on, "how to" program won’t just tell you how to grow your professional persona using social – you will actually do it! This course is the first in the six-course specialization, Social Media Marketing: How to Profit in a Digital World.

Average: 2.6 (11 votes)
Jun 19th 2017

This is a course on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. The course teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them, and how to decide whether they cause specific behaviors.

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Jun 5th 2017

Learn how social factors promote mental health, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and affect how mental illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

This course explores how our understanding of mental health and illness has been influenced by social attitudes and social developments in North America and around the world. The course begins by situating our contemporary mental health practices in historical context, then looks at different aspects of mental health, mental illness and mental health services and their connections to what’s going on in our social environment.

Average: 5 (1 vote)
May 9th 2017

Increase your knowledge and critical thinking skills related to diversity, human rights and social justice and injustice.

Average: 2 (1 vote)
Oct 3rd 2016

In this re-offering of our popular introductory course, you'll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems.

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Feb 23rd 2016

Explore the critical questions posed by how the social, economic, and technological realms of the modern world interconnect.

Average: 5 (2 votes)
Nov 8th 2015

De nuevo la vida: transformaciones desde la Noviolencia es un curso en el ámbito de la investigación para la paz, como aporte al campo específico de la Noviolencia, que se evidencia como una propuesta de transformación cultural; es decir que se plantea la misma como una cultura que emerge

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
Jul 6th 2015

This course is an exploration of the meaning and application of digital literacy. It will help you to develop relevant skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the quality of your digital footprint, to harvest the “power of the web” to your advantage, and to increase your ability to use technology to improve your professional and personal life.

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Dec 15th 2014


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Jul 14th 2014

Ever wonder why people do what they do? This course offers some answers based on the latest research from social psychology.

Average: 8.3 (8 votes)
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The course aims to provide students with an overview of the paths of community psychology, outline its historical genesis and its current developments; it also aims to illustrate some of the intervention techniques that can be used in the socio-educational and community health contexts, highlighting the contribution of group and social dynamics.

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Apr 2nd 2014

Learn how to identify effective nonprofit organizations and apply course concepts by awarding grants to student-nominated nonprofits.

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Mar 10th 2014

Are you a life long learner? Do you like comic books? Do you think it would be interesting to discuss social issues using comic books as a lens? Are you an educator looking for different methods to present your material? If so, this course is for you! This six month course will examine current social issues through comic books while understanding how popular culture is shaped by it's surroundings.

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Sep 30th 2013

This course will examine the ethical, legal and social issues raised by neuroscience. Topics will include the implications of new knowledge of the brain for our understanding of selfhood, for the meaning of privacy, for the distinction between therapy and enhancement, and for national security.

Average: 1 (2 votes)
Sep 9th 2013

Learn about the wide range of contraceptive methods, and the public health implications related to access to information and choices about reproductive health.

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This course examines the political (world order), economic (globalization), social/cultural (beliefs, values, and lifestyle), and psychological (human capacity for change) forces that are re-defining the quality of life in the 21st century.

Average: 1 (1 vote)
May 2013

Social epidemiology is about how a society makes people sick and/or healthy. We address not only the identification of new disease risk factors (e.g., deficient social capital) but also how well-known exposures (e.g., cigarette smoking, lead paint, health insurance) emerge and are maintained by the social system.

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