Available courses

Human evolution

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This course examines the dynamic interrelations among physical and behavioral traits of humans, environment, and culture to provide an integrated framework for studying human biological evolution and modern diversity. Topics include issues in morphological evolution and adaptation; fossil and cultural evidence for human evolution from earliest times through the Pleistocene; evolution of tool use and social behavior; modern human variation and concepts of race. The class also studies stone artifacts and fossil specimens.

Source: Merrick, Harry. 3.987 Human Origins and Evolution, Spring 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/materials-science-and-engineering/3-987-human-origins-and-evolution-spring-2006 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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This undergraduate class is designed to introduce students to the physics that govern the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere. The focus of the course is on the processes that control the climate of the planet.


Prof. Ferrari wishes to acknowledge that this course was originally designed and taught by Prof. John Marshall.

Source: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-003-atmosphere-ocean-and-climate-dynamics-fall-2008 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods

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Course Highlights

This course features a link to the online textbook in the syllabus.

Course Description

The class will cover quantitative techniques of Operations Research with emphasis on applications in transportation systems analysis (urban, air, ocean, highway, pick-up and delivery systems) and in the planning and design of logistically oriented urban service systems (e.g., fire and police departments, emergency medical services, emergency repair services). It presents a unified study of functions of random variables, geometrical probability, multi-server queueing theory, spatial location theory, network analysis and graph theory, and relevant methods of simulation. There will be discussion focused on the difficulty of implementation, among other topics.

Source: Larson, Richard, Amedeo Odoni, and Arnold Barnett. 1.203J Logistical and Transportation Planning Methods, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/civil-and-environmental-engineering/1-203j-logistical-and-transportation-planning-methods-fall-2006 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project

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This course explores the theoretical and empirical perspectives on individual and industrial demand for energy, energy supply, energy markets, and public policies affecting energy markets. It discusses aspects of the oil, natural gas, electricity, and nuclear power sectors and examines energy tax, price regulation, deregulation, energy efficiency and policies for controlling emission.

Source: Joskow, Paul. 14.44 Energy Economics, Spring 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/economics/14-44-energy-economics-spring-2007 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Drivers queue at a gas station

Drivers queue at a gas station in Maryland during the 1979 U.S. energy crisis. (Photo by Warren K. Leffler, via Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, U.S. News and World Report Magazine Collection: LC-U9-37734-16A.)

This course will explore how Americans have confronted energy challenges since the end of World War II. Beginning in the 1970s, Americans worried about the supply of energy. As American production of oil declined, would the US be able to secure enough fuel to sustain their high consumption lifestyles? At the same time, Americans also began to fear the environmental side affects of energy use. Even if the US had enough fossil fuel, would its consumption be detrimental to health and safety? This class examines how Americans thought about these questions in the last half-century. We will consider the political, diplomatic, economic, cultural, and technological aspects of the energy crisis. Topics include nuclear power, suburbanization and the new car culture, the environmental movement and the challenges of clean energy, the Middle East and supply of oil, the energy crisis of the 1970s, and global warming.

Source: Jacobs, Meg. 21H.207 The Energy Crisis: Past and Present, Fall 2010. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-207-the-energy-crisis-past-and-present-fall-2010 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

FunGi Collective Music Division

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This course explores the ways that music is both shaped by and gives shape to the cultural settings in which it is performed, through studying selected musical traditions from around the world. Specific case studies will be examined closely through listening, analysis, and hands-on instruction. The syllabus centers around weekly listening assignments and readings from a textbook with CDs, supplemented by hands-on workshops, lecture/demonstrations and concerts by master musicians from around the world.

Source: Ruckert, George. 21M.030 Introduction to World Music, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-030-introduction-to-world-music-fall-2006 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

2010 Political Science Graduation

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This course examines major texts in the history of political thought and the questions they raise about the design of the political and social order. It considers the ways in which thinkers have responded to the particular political problems of their day, and the ways in which they contribute to a broader conversation about human goods and needs, justice, democracy, and the proper relationship of the individual to the state. One aim will be to understand the strengths and weaknesses of various regimes and philosophical approaches in order to gain a critical perspective on our own. Thinkers include Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Tocqueville.

Source: Song, Sarah. 17.03 Introduction to Political Thought, Spring 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/political-science/17-03-introduction-to-political-thought-spring-2004 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

20 Girls and One Stinky French Dude

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21F.301/351 offers an introduction to the French language and culture with an emphasis on the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical concepts through active communication. The course is conducted entirely in French, and students interact in French with their classmates from the very beginning. They also receive exposure to the language via a variety of authentic sources such as the Internet, audio, video and printed materials which help them develop cultural awareness as well as linguistic proficiency. There is a coordinated language lab program.

This course is taught in rotation by the following instructors: Laura Ceia-Minjares, Cathy Culot, Gilberte Furstenberg, and Johann Sadock.

Source: Culot, Cathy, Gilberte Furstenberg, Johann Sadock, Laura Ceia-Minjares, and Sabine Levet. 21F.301 French I, Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/foreign-languages-and-literatures/21f-301-french-i-fall-2004 (Accessed 5 Dec, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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