The Friday Freebie is where I share an online, open-access resource that I think readers might find interesting and useful. Each week, I will introduce a free resource that I think will be useful to teh angry Leftists – books, podcasts, web sites, etc. The aim is to compile a toolkit for understanding and advancing progressive ideals.
This week’s freebie comes courtesy of Dave Bath, who reminded me of a resource I knew about yet had forgotten. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was a pioneer in both making use of the Internet to provide information and in opening up the institution’s intellectual property to all, rather than limiting knowledge just to paying customers (students). They realised that they could serve society by doing so, while retaining the valuable asset that customers pay them for – assessment and the provision of qualifications.
The OpenCourseWare site began by putting the syllabus online for a few of MIT’s courses, but has reached a point where materials are online and publicly accessible for almost every course the university offers. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to be educated and informed about a broad range of topics, including political issues.
The Political Science Department of MIT has courses covering a wide set of topics – some focused on the United States, others looking further afield or at general political principles. Some of the courses that I am going to read more about include:
- International Politics and Climate Change
- Sustainable Development: Theory, Research and Policy
- The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
- Game Theory and Political Theory
- Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy
If you find another topic that you’re interested in, either within political science or another part of the site, feel free to share it in the comments – and thanks once again to Dave for highlighting this great source of information and directed study.
Do you have a tip for future freebies? Contact me with any suggestions or requests.