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Rooswilhelm

Rooswilhelm

Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World

Written 2 years ago
This has been my fifth or sixth (completed) MOOC thusfar and definitely the most inspiring. I found it quite intense and it takes up quite some time - but it is time well spent. Prof Afsah is a great teacher; never underestimating his students but also not expecting background knowledge that you may lack, and driving home some points about institutional development and historical developments in the Muslim world that have really changed my perspective. Highly recommended!
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Written 2 years ago
I found the course interesting but quite slow-paced. The lecturers often repeat themselves and they give lots of examples. So on the bright side, it did occassionally feel like being in school again (looking out of the window, waiting for something to Happen while the teacher goes on and on :-) But other than that it's a pretty good course. Lots of exercises to help you stay involved, well-structured, not-confusing. Also, it is obvious that the lecturers had a great time in creating this course, which is sweet, and the positive vibes are definitely contagious.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Written 2 years ago
Very useful course, and interesting to almost anyone who is into MOOCs, I guess. Easy to follow lectures explaining the basics on memory and learning, and giving lots of practical advice on how to approach your learning. Barbara Oakley is lovely and gives the course it easy-going atmosphere. Great course if you have no prior knowledge whatsover, and still very much worth your time if you already know a bit about thinking fast/slow.Helped me to improve my learning techniques and dealing with procrastination.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Buddhism and Modern Psychology

Written 2 years ago
I really liked this course. Prof Robert Wright is very likeable and somehow manages to discuss issues that are both complex and vague in a very clear way. The course looks into evolutionary psychology and buddhist philosophy, and how this relates to daily life. Although this may sound rather heavy-handed, the course remains light-hearted, academic (you do not have to fear any kind of preaching) and very interesting.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Creative Problem Solving

Written 2 years ago
I enjoyed thinking up the practical creative exercises, and the mood in the discussion rooms is positive and fun. The theory on creativity is presented in a very simple, understandable way - whether it suits you depends a bit on how much you have read on creativity before and on your learning style. The course doesn't take up a lot of time, so check it out and see for yourself.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

Written 2 years ago
Well-structured, very interesting course. Likeable prof, interesting guest speakers, good and insightful discussions with the online moderators. Investing some extra time (on the essays, the additional videos, articles and the movies recommended by prof Bakker) will not only give you a basic understanding of the concept of terrorism but will also change your perspective. Recommended.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Changing Global Order

Written 2 years ago
Good and well-structured introduction into thinking about international relations. The material can be somewhat 'dry' but I really liked how different profs and guest speakers hightlighted different angles and I found the reading material and essay writing interesting easy to set myself to (which is an accomplishment in itself :-).
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

Written 2 years ago
The topics raised in this course are interesting enough in itself, and the presentation is pleasant. The course is really an introduction to critical thinking. So if you are looking for a starting point it might suit you very well, if you are further along in your academic/mooc studies you might want to check out some of the lectures before committing yourself to the full thing.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

Written 2 years ago
Interesting and accessible course on decision making and on how both external factors (strong contexts) and our own fallible minds can lead to really bad outcomes. The two teachers are likeable, the lectures are well-balanced and include cute animations. I particularly liked the discussion of real life examples of 'ethical blindess' like Enron and Ford Pinto. The course combines psychology, filosophy, sociology and business school-stuff so even if you are already acquainted with some of the materials you will always find something to learn. I didn't participate in the forum discussion (time constraints..) so can't comment on that side of things. If Coursera should decide to make this course ' self paced' I'd recommend it just for the videos too.
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I

Written 2 years ago
Recommended! The course offers a very interesting overview of the history of the region. Lots of countries and trends are discussed so - especially if you're new to this - keep a pen and notebook at hand. I recently found myself going over my notes of last year to make a little more sense of current events. If you feel (like I do) that news coverage on the region often doesn't include the necessary contextual info or the historical timeline, then you will definitely appreciate this course.

PS I did the course when it wasn't yet split into two parts so this review counts for both part I and II>
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Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Written 2 years ago
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Rooswilhelm partially completed this course.

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