Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been in the news recently and it is worth taking a closer look at them. As their name implies, they are
  • Massive: With typically thousands of students
  • Open: To all without charge or fee, regardless of location or experience
  • Online: And thus available worldwide
  • Courses: Offering information exchange and discussion on a specific topic
Students can find MOOCs in many different fields including Economics, Biology & Life Sciences, Medicine and Computer Science.

The Transformation of Asian Economies

Registration opens May 6th.

This course will focus on one key question: What factors contribute to the transformation of developing Asian nations into developed economies?

In this course, we will:
  • explore the historic transformation of various societies from undeveloped (and sometimes tribal) civilizations into economically advanced nations,
  • review the economic transformation of Singapore and Malaysia and distinguish different paths each country has taken since their independence, and
  • address the current political and economic landscape of two emerging economies - China and India
Students will be able to identify:
  • the characteristics of a developed economy,
  • the steps necessarily for transformation to begin, and
  • the economic and political consequences of such transformation.
Particular attention will be paid to successes and failures of government policies in promoting economic growth, and the role of culture in shaping such policies. Economic theories will be utilized to analyze the reasons for success of certain countries and the stagnation of others. The role of the market system as well as legal factors will be studied in addressing the similarities and differences among such economies.

No prior economics knowledge is necessary to achieve success in this course.

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles

Learn and practice the basic principles of running an effective music ensemble rehearsal. Techniques and strategies are applicable to a variety of ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs, and chamber groups.

Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information

Metadata is an unsung hero of the modern world, the plumbing that makes the information age possible. This course describes how Metadata is used as an information tool for the Web, for databases, and for the software and computing applications around us.

The Soul and the Search for Meaning

Humanity: the epic story of our species' quest to understand our very existence. Across the rise and fall of civilizations, the emergence of science and reason from the Dark Ages, and our quest to explore our realm, over land and ocean and into the very stars themselves, we are driven by a need to understand who we are, where we come from, and how we got to where we are today. Join renowned historian and educator Dr. Stephen Ruzicka in the Soul and the Search for Meaning, a fascinating journey across time, myth and legend, as we explore the spiritual and philosophical origins of the most powerful species in known existence: ourselves.


UNC is partnering with SAS in this endeavor.

SAS CEO Jim Goodnight believes that education is the engine of economic growth. As a high-tech company, SAS depends on a strong educational system for its long-term success, and maintains a keen focus on education initiatives in North Carolina, the location of SAS' world headquarters. In addition to education-focused philanthropy, SAS supports K-12 and higher education through innovative products and services that improve teaching, learning and administration.

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