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Beyond the Classroom: Learn History from These Special Online Courses!

Have a knack for telling fun facts about WWII or the Renaissance? If you were given the choice to travel in time, would you rather travel back to the past and relive historic moments? Whether you’re majoring in history or not, history is everywhere and ever-changing. To be a true history buff, you’ll need to update your knowledge as myths are debunked, more relics are dug up, and complex theories are created by dedicated historians.

Luckily, these short online history courses are easily available for history-lovers—or truth-seekers—like you who want to learn more beyond the classroom! These classes will help you learn about history in several countries and time periods, and significant events that have shaped the world we know today. Increase your knowledge without sacrificing too much time or money by checking out four unique history classes below:

1. Social History

Social history is defined as the “history of societies,” rather than “history defined by victorious leaders.” From pop-idol Japanese subculture to the complexities of Chinese culture, take your pick of seven short courses; these subjects will help you see how historical changes started from the interactions of average people! 

We recommend taking this short course if you want to pursue Asian Studies or are just plain interested in very specific topics, such as the origins of European royal fashion.  

  • Course Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
  • Weekly Learning: 2 – 4 hours per week

2. CitiesX: The Past, Present, Future of Urban Life

Fun fact: more than half of the world’s population lives in urban cities! Cities become hubs for business, art, and ideas, allowing people to generate innovations for others to live better. But the issue of poverty remains the biggest problem. Urban living can potentially provide a better life. But more often than not, there are people left behind. To better understand urban development, CitiesX will give you a far-ranging look at the past, present and future of cities, so you can dive deep into urban planning issues like public health, transportation, zoning, gentrification, cost of living, crime, and congestion.

And history is a major factor in understanding key concepts of urban developments. With this course, look back and examine how famous cities like Rome became the seat of imperial power, how New York became America’s most influential metropolis, and more. 

Aside from history majors, this online course is also for those who are interested in taking up political science, too.

  • Course Duration: 3 – 4 weeks
  • Weekly Learning: 2 – 4 hours per week

3. The Modern and the Post Modern

From Immanuel Kant to Friedrich Nietzsche, this course takes a look at European philosophy and literature. You’ll learn how being modern (or cool, or trendy) is an important criteria to understand societal change. Discover how the concept of “modern” developed given the Revolution, class struggles, and art during that tumultuous turn of the century. Do we still live in the modern era or have we evolved into the “postmodern” world? Find out with this free short course! 

By the way, we recommend this short course for aspiring philosophy majors, too! And for those who love both history and philosophy—you’ll be in for a treat! 

  • Course Duration: 7 weeks
  • Weekly Learning: 3 – 5 hours per week

4. Big History

What is Big History? In contrast to number 1 (Social History) on this list, think about the bigger picture when it comes to events. This academic discipline talks about everything from the Big Bang up to the present—our origin story. Using a variety of disciplines, from science to the humanities, this course tackles history on a global scale. Adventure through 13.8 billion years, starting from the birth of the universe all the way to the future. Gain insight into the connections in our world, the power of collective learning, and how our universe has evolved with the right conditions in place, aka the Goldilocks effect. 

Sound overwhelming? It won’t be once you’re done with two different types of lectures: one on key concepts using multidisciplinary means, and the other one being an overview of Big History’s eight collective thresholds. With Big History knowledge comes big responsibility to ensure we really understand how to use our powers to make our society flourish, not perish.

This history course is useful for those who are in the STEM and the HUMSS strand, too, since both disciplines are incorporated into this infinitely interesting history subject.

  • Course Duration: 6 weeks (suggested)
  • Weekly Learning: 2 – 4 hours per week

All done! From Big History to Social History, we hope you’ll be inspired to learn the subject from various perspectives and explore the wonderful world of the past. 

Since you’re here, check out these nano courses to become an effective student or other short courses and degrees on our Online Education portal. You can also discover schools and universities offering courses in history on Edukasyon.ph! 

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