Earlier this year, I started looking for free online courses on history and philosophy, and discovered that there’s a plethora to choose from via iTunes U and Open Courseware.

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Open Courseware is “just” a link index, but IMHO superior to iTunes when it comes to browsing the content on offer from Yale, Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, and many others. If you’d like to get a grade or chat with fellow students as well, take a look at massive open online courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and edX. Again, all the materials are free, except for some special grade programs, but I haven’t looked at those yet.

Here’s a bunch I recently finished, and can recommend:

Western Culture: Political, Economic & Social Thought by Charles (Anderson)

http://www.uwalumni.com/andersonlectures.aspx

History 5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present (Hesse)

http://history.berkeley.edu/content/hessehistory5courselecture

https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/history-5-fall-2008-uc-berkeley/id354823664

HIST 210: The Early Middle Ages, 284 - 1000 (Freedman)

http://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-210

A Brief History of Humankind (Harari)

https://www.coursera.org/course/humankind#!

So basically if you’re interested in a new study field, or need to brush up your knowledge, check it out. From mathematics to biochemistry, there’s really lots of good and free stuff on offer.