Executive Education

Ten interesting online courses to choose at Yale University

Whether you are a student or an individual who just wants extra knowledge to broaden your mind, there are some really interesting online courses offered by Yale University. Take a look at the list presented below and choose the course that best fits your interests and needs.

  1. Game Theory
    Students who are interested attending “Game Theory” will find a series of online lessons on Youtube with Professor Benjamin Polak – an expert on decision theory, game theory, and economic history. The content of this course focuses on game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, Nash equilibrium and evolutionary stability, are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and other interesting sources.
  2. Financial Markets
    A course for undergraduates. The course is an overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprises.  Students will also understand the operation of specific sectors such as insurance companies and banks. The online presentation of the course is separated in different parts which are entitled “Risk and Financial Crises”, “Technology and Invention in Finance”, “Insurance, the Archetypal Risk Management Institution, its opportunities and vulnerabilities” and more. The course is hosted by the  Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management.
  3. Environmental Politics and Law
    The protection of the environment is a major issue nowadays. This online course comes to answer the question if law can change human behavior to be less environmentally damaging. John Wargo, Professor of Environmental Health and Political Science at Yale University makes an effort in order the participants to understand specific cases through law implementations. Some parts of the course include: Principles and Strategies in Environmental Law, Nuclear Experiments, Nuclear Secrecy and Ecology and Chemically Dependent Agriculture.
  4. Introduction to Classical Music
    Enrolling for free on coursera platform gives access to students interested to attend the course. The instructor is Professor Graig Wright. Through a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music, from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas. The course covers teaching parts such as art history, music and chords.
  5. Death
    Philosophy is a triggering topic. Even though may some people have never read philosophy books, they are eager to hear about philosophical issues. This course examines a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Instructor Shelly Kagan presents topics that have to do with the existence of the soul, the immortality of the soul and the nature of death.
  6. Fundamentals of Physics I
    Students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics can get a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics through this course. The instructor is Professor Ramamurti Shankar. This course covers the Newtonian mechanics, the Law of Conservation of Energy in Higher Dimensions, the Four-Vector in Relativity and the Simple Harmonic Motion.
  7. Moral Foundation of Politics
    Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also serves as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies is the instructor of the course. Through this course Professor Ian Shapiro tries to give answers to the following question: When do governments deserve our allegiance and when should they be denied it? The course explains the theories of the Enlightenment—Utilitarianism, Marxism, and the social contract tradition—through classical formulations, historical context, and contemporary debates relating to politics today.
  8. America’s Unwritten Constitution
    This course is an introduction to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation. The instructor is Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science. Students who are interested can enroll for free through coursera platform.
  9. Capitalism: Success, Crisis, and Reform
    The goal of this course is to interpret capitalism using ideas from biological evolution. Some topics that are analyzed through online videos on YouTube entitled “Thomas Mathus and Inevitable Poverty”, “Karl Marx, Joseph Schumpeter and an Economic System Incapable of Coming to Rest” and “Mortal Life Cycle of a Great Technology”. Professor Douglas Rae is the instructor.
  10. Foundations of Modern Social Theory
    This course with the help of Professor Ivan Szelenyi provides an overview of major works of social thought from the beginning of the modern era through the 1920s. Some of the lectures presented on YouTube cope with topics such as equality, freedom, property and the right to dissent.

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