Since there is a computer scientific theories can be expressed not only using mathematical symbols or words, as it has been until now, but also translating them into computer programs that mimic reality, namely in the form of simulations. Formulate scientific theories such simulations can be useful in all the sciences but is particularly useful for the sciences that study human behavior and human society because, with the exception of the economy, these sciences formulate their theories in words, and words have unclear meanings, often different for different scientists. The course begins by explaining what a simulation science of human beings and human societies, what are its benefits and its possibilities, and what has been done so far. After this general introduction, describes simulations that reproduce the different ways in which human beings acquire their behavior (biological evolution, development, learning, imitation, cultural evolution), the relationship between the cognitive and the emotional and motivational behavior, individual differences, language, mental life, social behavior, the differences between females and males, the nature and role of the family, the possession of the goods, the exchange of goods, the emergence of money and organizations production of goods, the economic and political role of the state, and will also be described simulations of historical phenomena. In the last part of the educational activity will be discussed how the simulations can be socially useful if they are translated into "Digital Environments", ie simplified versions equipped with an interface user-understandable and motivating and allow anyone to know the reality in which they live.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.