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21H.560 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia (MIT) 21H.560 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia (MIT)

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This subject examines the experiences of ordinary Chinese people as they lived through the tumultuous changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We look at personal narratives, primary sources, films alongside a textbook to think about how individual and family lives connect with the broader processes of change in modern China. In the readings and discussions, you should focus on how major political events have an impact on the characters' daily lives, and how the decisions they make cause large-scale social transformation. This subject examines the experiences of ordinary Chinese people as they lived through the tumultuous changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We look at personal narratives, primary sources, films alongside a textbook to think about how individual and family lives connect with the broader processes of change in modern China. In the readings and discussions, you should focus on how major political events have an impact on the characters' daily lives, and how the decisions they make cause large-scale social transformation.

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China; rice; bowl; Chinese; East Asia; ordinary people; nineteenth century; twentieth century; personal narratives; primary sources; films; textbook; individual; family; lives; change; modern; readings; discussions; political events; daily; decisions; large-scale; social; transformation. | China; rice; bowl; Chinese; East Asia; ordinary people; nineteenth century; twentieth century; personal narratives; primary sources; films; textbook; individual; family; lives; change; modern; readings; discussions; political events; daily; decisions; large-scale; social; transformation. | China | China | rice | rice | bowl | bowl | Chinese | Chinese | East Asia | East Asia | ordinary people | ordinary people | nineteenth century | nineteenth century | twentieth century | twentieth century | personal narratives | personal narratives | primary sources | primary sources | films | films | textbook | textbook | individual | individual | family | family | lives | lives | change | change | modern | modern | readings | readings | discussions | discussions | political events | political events | daily | daily | decisions | decisions | large-scale | large-scale | social | social | transformation | transformation | 21F.191 | 21F.191 | 21F.991 | 21F.991

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21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT) 21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course introduces students to Indian Culture through films, short-stories, novels, essays, and newspaper articles. The course examines some major social and political controversies of contemporary India through discussions centered on India's history, politics and religion. The focus is on issues such as ethnic tension and terrorism, poverty and inequality, caste conflict, the "missing women," and the effects of globalization on popular and folk cultures. Particular emphasis is on the IT revolution, outsourcing, the "new global India," and the enormous regional and sub-cultural differences. This course introduces students to Indian Culture through films, short-stories, novels, essays, and newspaper articles. The course examines some major social and political controversies of contemporary India through discussions centered on India's history, politics and religion. The focus is on issues such as ethnic tension and terrorism, poverty and inequality, caste conflict, the "missing women," and the effects of globalization on popular and folk cultures. Particular emphasis is on the IT revolution, outsourcing, the "new global India," and the enormous regional and sub-cultural differences.

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Bipan Chandra | Bipan Chandra | Ismat Chugtai | Ismat Chugtai | Mahasweta Devi | Mahasweta Devi | Nayantara Sahgal | Nayantara Sahgal | Amartya Sen | Amartya Sen | directors | directors | film | film | writers | writers | leading parallel film makers | leading parallel film makers | Shyam Benegal | Shyam Benegal | Shekhar Kapoor | Shekhar Kapoor | Govind Nihalani | Govind Nihalani | Satyajit Ray | Satyajit Ray | IT revolution | IT revolution | documentaries | documentaries | Indian culture | Indian culture | globalization | globalization | Indian cities | Indian cities | political events | political events | social events | social events | negotiating the "system" in India | negotiating the "system" in India | ideology of a "new Indian" | ideology of a "new Indian"

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2.017J Design of Systems Operating in Random Environments (MIT) 2.017J Design of Systems Operating in Random Environments (MIT)

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This class covers the principles for optimal performance and survival of extreme events in a random environment; linear time invariant systems and Fourier transform; random processes, autocorrelation function, and power spectra. We will study statistics of the response of systems and perform optimization using a statistics-based index. The class will also involve sea wave modeling, sea spectra, elements of seakeeping, wind modeling, and wind spectra. Finally, it also covers extreme events and probability of failure; examples include extreme waves and 100-year events. Students undertake a term project, focusing on electronics and instrumentation, and design for the ocean environment. This class covers the principles for optimal performance and survival of extreme events in a random environment; linear time invariant systems and Fourier transform; random processes, autocorrelation function, and power spectra. We will study statistics of the response of systems and perform optimization using a statistics-based index. The class will also involve sea wave modeling, sea spectra, elements of seakeeping, wind modeling, and wind spectra. Finally, it also covers extreme events and probability of failure; examples include extreme waves and 100-year events. Students undertake a term project, focusing on electronics and instrumentation, and design for the ocean environment.

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optimal performance | optimal performance | extreme events | extreme events | random environment | random environment | linear time invariant systems | linear time invariant systems | random processes | random processes | autocorrelation function | autocorrelation function | power spectra | power spectra | sea wave modeling | sea wave modeling | sea spectra | sea spectra | seakeeping | seakeeping | wind modeling | wind modeling | wind spectra | wind spectra | probability of failure | probability of failure | extreme waves | extreme waves | 100-year events | 100-year events

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21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT) 21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture. This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture.

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contemporary India | contemporary India | film | film | writers | writers | IT revolution | IT revolution | documentaries | documentaries | Indian culture | Indian culture | globalization | globalization | Indian cities | Indian cities | political events | political events | social events | social events | nationhood | nationhood | gender and class issues | gender and class issues | rural India | rural India | urban India | urban India | Devdas | Devdas | Mukul Kesavan | Mukul Kesavan | Deepa Mehta | Deepa Mehta | Chetan Bhagat | Chetan Bhagat | Salman Rushdie | Salman Rushdie

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African American marching band in the North Florida Fair parade on Monroe St. in Tallahassee African American marching band in the North Florida Fair parade on Monroe St. in Tallahassee

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florida | florida | fairs | fairs | events | events | festivals | festivals | parades | parades | bands | bands | marching | marching | africanamericans | africanamericans | conferences | conferences | tallahassee | tallahassee | monroestreet | monroestreet | tallahasseedemocrat | tallahasseedemocrat | northfloridafair | northfloridafair | marchingbands | marchingbands | leoncounty | leoncounty | entertainmentevents | entertainmentevents

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18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT) 18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT)

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Mathematical modeling of diffusion phenomena: Central limit theorems, the continuum limit, first passage, persistence, continuous-time random walks, Levy flights, fractional calculus, random environments, advection-diffusion, nonlinear diffusion, free-boundary problems. Applications may include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities. Mathematical modeling of diffusion phenomena: Central limit theorems, the continuum limit, first passage, persistence, continuous-time random walks, Levy flights, fractional calculus, random environments, advection-diffusion, nonlinear diffusion, free-boundary problems. Applications may include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities.

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Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | chemistry | chemistry | and economics | and economics | central limit theorems | central limit theorems | ontinuous-time random walks | ontinuous-time random walks | Levy flights | Levy flights | correlations | correlations | extreme events | extreme events | mixing | mixing | renormalization | renormalization | and percolation | and percolation

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16.812 The Aerospace Industry (MIT) 16.812 The Aerospace Industry (MIT)

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This course meets weekly to discuss recent aerospace history and current events, in order to understand how they are responsible for the state of the aerospace industry. With invited subject matter experts participating in nearly every session, students have an opportunity to hone their insight through truly informed discussion. The aim of the course is to prepare junior and senior level students for their first industry experiences. This course meets weekly to discuss recent aerospace history and current events, in order to understand how they are responsible for the state of the aerospace industry. With invited subject matter experts participating in nearly every session, students have an opportunity to hone their insight through truly informed discussion. The aim of the course is to prepare junior and senior level students for their first industry experiences.

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aerospace industry | aerospace industry | current events | current events | lean | lean | lean enterprise | lean enterprise | lean aerospace initiative | lean aerospace initiative | aerospace history | aerospace history | value creation | value creation | reflective thinking | reflective thinking | career interests | career interests | class discussions | class discussions | student journal | student journal | evolution of aerospace | evolution of aerospace | cold war legacy | cold war legacy | lean thinking | lean thinking

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21H.560 Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl: Chinese East Asia (MIT)

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This subject examines the experiences of ordinary Chinese people as they lived through the tumultuous changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We look at personal narratives, primary sources, films alongside a textbook to think about how individual and family lives connect with the broader processes of change in modern China. In the readings and discussions, you should focus on how major political events have an impact on the characters' daily lives, and how the decisions they make cause large-scale social transformation.

Subjects

China; rice; bowl; Chinese; East Asia; ordinary people; nineteenth century; twentieth century; personal narratives; primary sources; films; textbook; individual; family; lives; change; modern; readings; discussions; political events; daily; decisions; large-scale; social; transformation. | China | rice | bowl | Chinese | East Asia | ordinary people | nineteenth century | twentieth century | personal narratives | primary sources | films | textbook | individual | family | lives | change | modern | readings | discussions | political events | daily | decisions | large-scale | social | transformation | 21F.191 | 21F.991

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21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course introduces students to Indian Culture through films, short-stories, novels, essays, and newspaper articles. The course examines some major social and political controversies of contemporary India through discussions centered on India's history, politics and religion. The focus is on issues such as ethnic tension and terrorism, poverty and inequality, caste conflict, the "missing women," and the effects of globalization on popular and folk cultures. Particular emphasis is on the IT revolution, outsourcing, the "new global India," and the enormous regional and sub-cultural differences.

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Bipan Chandra | Ismat Chugtai | Mahasweta Devi | Nayantara Sahgal | Amartya Sen | directors | film | writers | leading parallel film makers | Shyam Benegal | Shekhar Kapoor | Govind Nihalani | Satyajit Ray | IT revolution | documentaries | Indian culture | globalization | Indian cities | political events | social events | negotiating the "system" in India | ideology of a "new Indian"

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?Knowns? of Sports Mega-Events

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This article uses a piece of writing in The Guardian newspaper by the philosopher Slavoj Zizek ('The empty wheelbarrow', 19 February, p. 23, 2005) about the former US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, as a framework by which to reflect critically on major international sporting events, or sports mega-events. It suggests that it is an academic's duty to look critically at the assumptions, beliefs and misrepresentations that are often suppressed, or, perhaps more accurately, repressed, about sports mega-events. The article is based on an analysis of research and writing about sports mega-events, some of which offer more comprehensive reviews of the literature. It is argued that in their enthusiasm to host and support sports 'megas', politicians, senior administrators of sport, corpora

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sports mega-events; Olympic Games; Football World Cup; impacts; legacies | FIFA | events management | terrorist threat | terrorist attack | security | safety | commercialisation | known knowns | known unknowns | unknown unknowns | unknown knowns | HLST | LL2012 | London 2012 | Olympics | Olympic Games | Paralympics | Paralympic Games | Learning Legacies | JISC | HEA | HLSTOER | sport | leisure | tourism | hospitality.

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Copyright Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. See the individual resource for usage rights. Copyright Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. See the individual resource for usage rights.

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2.017J Design of Systems Operating in Random Environments (MIT)

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This class covers the principles for optimal performance and survival of extreme events in a random environment; linear time invariant systems and Fourier transform; random processes, autocorrelation function, and power spectra. We will study statistics of the response of systems and perform optimization using a statistics-based index. The class will also involve sea wave modeling, sea spectra, elements of seakeeping, wind modeling, and wind spectra. Finally, it also covers extreme events and probability of failure; examples include extreme waves and 100-year events. Students undertake a term project, focusing on electronics and instrumentation, and design for the ocean environment.

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optimal performance | extreme events | random environment | linear time invariant systems | random processes | autocorrelation function | power spectra | sea wave modeling | sea spectra | seakeeping | wind modeling | wind spectra | probability of failure | extreme waves | 100-year events

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21L.002-3 Foundations of Western Culture II: Modernism (MIT) 21L.002-3 Foundations of Western Culture II: Modernism (MIT)

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This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the development of the modern world from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Intrinsic to this development is the growth of individualism in a world no longer understood to be at the center of the universe. The texts chosen for study exemplify the emergence of a new humanism, at once troubled and dynamic in comparison to the old. The leading theme of this course is thus the question of the difference between the ancient and the modern world. Students who have taken Foundations of Western Culture I will obviously have an advantage in dealing with this question. Classroom discussion approaches this question mainly through consideration of action and characters, voice an This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the development of the modern world from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Intrinsic to this development is the growth of individualism in a world no longer understood to be at the center of the universe. The texts chosen for study exemplify the emergence of a new humanism, at once troubled and dynamic in comparison to the old. The leading theme of this course is thus the question of the difference between the ancient and the modern world. Students who have taken Foundations of Western Culture I will obviously have an advantage in dealing with this question. Classroom discussion approaches this question mainly through consideration of action and characters, voice an

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Western culture | Western culture | foundations | foundations | modernism | modernism | texts | texts | literary | literary | philosophical | philosophical | sociological | sociological | secular humanism | secular humanism | human events | human events | individual | individual | social | social | communal purpose | communal purpose | common | common | cultural | cultural | possession | possession | ancient | ancient | modern world | modern world | discussion | discussion | action | action | characters | characters | voice | voice | form | form

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18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT) 18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT)

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This graduate-level subject explores various mathematical aspects of (discrete) random walks and (continuum) diffusion. Applications include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities. This graduate-level subject explores various mathematical aspects of (discrete) random walks and (continuum) diffusion. Applications include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities.

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Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | chemistry | and economics | Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | chemistry | and economics | central limit theorems | central limit theorems | continuous-time random walks | continuous-time random walks | Levy flights | Levy flights | correlations | correlations | extreme events | extreme events | mixing | mixing | renormalization | renormalization | and percolation | and percolation | percolation | percolation

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18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT) 18.366 Random Walks and Diffusion (MIT)

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This graduate-level subject explores various mathematical aspects of (discrete) random walks and (continuum) diffusion. Applications include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities. This graduate-level subject explores various mathematical aspects of (discrete) random walks and (continuum) diffusion. Applications include polymers, disordered media, turbulence, diffusion-limited aggregation, granular flow, and derivative securities.

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Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | chemistry | and economics | Discrete and continuum modeling of diffusion processes in physics | chemistry | and economics | central limit theorems | central limit theorems | continuous-time random walks | continuous-time random walks | Levy flights | Levy flights | correlations | correlations | extreme events | extreme events | mixing | mixing | renormalization | renormalization | and percolation | and percolation | percolation | percolation

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King George VI at the shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie

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This is a photograph of King George VI meeting some of the oldest serving employees at the shipyard of Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn, 7 April 1943. Reference: 2931 On 22 November Prince William will be visiting Sunderland and South Tyneside to take part in a number of youth development events. During the visit he will also officially open Haven Point, the new leisure centre in South Shields. To celebrate this Tyne & Wear Archives has produced a short flickr set remembering past royal visits to the region?s shipyards. Most of the visits featured here took place during difficult times and they gave a real boost to public spirits in the face of two World Wars. A short blog relating to these images can be read here . These images are part of the Tyne & Wear Archives Shipyard Collection. In July 2013 the outstanding historical significance of the Collection was recognised by UNESCO through its inscription to the UK Memory of the World Register. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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visits | events | royal | monarchy | industry | patriotic | tynewear | northeast | historical | maritime | wartime | king | prince | morale | queen | blackandwhitephotograph | kinggeorgevi | shipyard | hawthornleslie | employees | workers | hebburn | 7april1943 | meeting | gathering | 22november | socialheritage | princewilliam | sunderland | southtyneside | youthdevelopmentevents | havenpoint | newleisurecentre | southshields | royalvisit | region | publicspirits | boost | worldwars | tyneweararchivesshipyardcollection | july2013 | unesco | ukmemoryoftheworldregister | public | rail | barrier | timber | wall | uniform | naval | button | coat | shirt | tie | cleanshaven | badge | trousers | hat | numbers | shadow | light | attentive | striking | unusual | welcome | bar | tin | sheet | sleeve | glasses | pocket | cloth | suit | shoes | shine

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Women working in the shipyard

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This is a Photograph of King George V meeting women working at the shipyard of Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Deptford, 15 June 1917. Reference: DS.LG/5/1/1 pg127a On 22 November Prince William will be visiting Sunderland and South Tyneside to take part in a number of youth development events. During the visit he will also officially open Haven Point, the new leisure centre in South Shields. To celebrate this Tyne & Wear Archives has produced a short flickr set remembering past royal visits to the region?s shipyards. Most of the visits featured here took place during difficult times and they gave a real boost to public spirits in the face of two World Wars. A short blog relating to these images can be read here . These images are part of the Tyne & Wear Archives Shipyard Collection. In July 2013 the outstanding historical significance of the Collection was recognised by UNESCO through its inscription to the UK Memory of the World Register. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email archives@twmuseums.org.uk

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visits | events | royal | monarchy | industry | patriotic | tynewear | northeast | historical | maritime | wartime | king | prince | morale | queen | maritimeheritage | socialhistory | abstract | blackandwhitephotograph | kinggeorgev | women | workers | shipyard | sirjameslaingsonsltd | deptford | 15june1917 | sunderland | southtyneside | youthdevelopmentevents | princewilliam | havenpoint | open | southshields | fascinating | leisurecentre | 22november | royalvisit | region | publicspirits | difficulttimes | firstworldwar | ww1 | tyneweararchivesshipyardcollection | royalvisits | july2013 | unesco | ukmemoryoftheworldregister | digitalimage | history | rail | shadow | stone | debris | uniform | plank | bar | cane | walkingstick | hat | chain | metal | steel | bolt | plate | rope | porthole | vessel | deck | crew | naval | paper | gathering | line | meeting | timber

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21L.002 Foundations of Western Culture: The Making of the Modern World (MIT) 21L.002 Foundations of Western Culture: The Making of the Modern World (MIT)

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This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the development of the modern world from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Intrinsic to this development is the growth of individualism in a world no longer understood to be at the center of the universe. The texts chosen for study exemplify the emergence of a new humanism, at once troubled and dynamic in comparison to the old. The leading theme of this course is thus the question of the difference between the ancient and the modern world. Students who have taken Foundations of Western Culture I will obviously have an advantage in dealing with this question. Classroom discussion approaches this question mainly through consideration of action and characters, voice and form. This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the development of the modern world from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Intrinsic to this development is the growth of individualism in a world no longer understood to be at the center of the universe. The texts chosen for study exemplify the emergence of a new humanism, at once troubled and dynamic in comparison to the old. The leading theme of this course is thus the question of the difference between the ancient and the modern world. Students who have taken Foundations of Western Culture I will obviously have an advantage in dealing with this question. Classroom discussion approaches this question mainly through consideration of action and characters, voice and form.

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Western culture | Western culture | foundations | foundations | modernism | modernism | texts | texts | literary | literary | philosophical | philosophical | sociological | sociological | secular humanism | secular humanism | human events | human events | individual | individual | social | social | communal purpose | communal purpose | common | common | cultural | cultural | possession | possession | ancient | ancient | modern world | modern world | discussion | discussion | action | action | characters | characters | voice | voice | form | form

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STS.069 Technology in a Dangerous World (MIT) STS.069 Technology in a Dangerous World (MIT)

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Includes audio/video content: AV special element video. Aim is to analyze important current events for what they reveal about the nature and working of our technological world. Starting point is connection between technology and terrorism. Subject also explores how a human-built world can foster insecurity and danger, and how human beings respond. Many invited guests help develop a strong interdisciplinary approach (science, engineering, social science, humanities). Topics include technological risk and remediation, sociotechnical systems, imagination of disaster, technology and identity, technology and religion, technology and education, and technology and trust. Written and oral assignments and a final project required. Service-learning proposals and web-based presentations, in addition Includes audio/video content: AV special element video. Aim is to analyze important current events for what they reveal about the nature and working of our technological world. Starting point is connection between technology and terrorism. Subject also explores how a human-built world can foster insecurity and danger, and how human beings respond. Many invited guests help develop a strong interdisciplinary approach (science, engineering, social science, humanities). Topics include technological risk and remediation, sociotechnical systems, imagination of disaster, technology and identity, technology and religion, technology and education, and technology and trust. Written and oral assignments and a final project required. Service-learning proposals and web-based presentations, in addition

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current events | current events | technology | technology | terrorism | terrorism | danger | danger | technological risk | technological risk | remediation | remediation | sociotechnical systems | sociotechnical systems | imagination of disaster | imagination of disaster | identity | identity | religion | religion | education | education

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21G.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture.

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contemporary India | film | writers | IT revolution | documentaries | Indian culture | globalization | Indian cities | political events | social events | nationhood | gender and class issues | rural India | urban India | Devdas | Mukul Kesavan | Deepa Mehta | Chetan Bhagat | Salman Rushdie

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The four 'knowns' of sports mega events

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This article uses a piece of writing in The Guardian newspaper by the philosopher Slavoj Zizek ('The empty wheelbarrow', 19 February, p. 23, 2005) about the former US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, as a framework by which to reflect critically on major international sporting events, or sports mega-events. It suggests that it is an academic's duty to look critically at the assumptions, beliefs and misrepresentations that are often suppressed, or, perhaps more accurately, repressed, about sports mega-events. The article is based on an analysis of research and writing about sports mega-events, some of which offer more comprehensive reviews of the literature. It is argued that in their enthusiasm to host and support sports 'megas', politicians, senior administrators of sport, corpora

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events management | terrorist threat | terrorist attack | security | safety | commercialisation | known knowns | known unknowns | unknown unknowns | unknown knowns | sport | leisure | tourism | hospitality | radar brookes | sports mega-events | olympic games | football world cup | impacts | legacies | fifa | hlst | ll2012 | london 2012 | olympics | paralympics | paralympic games | learning legacies | jisc | hea | hlstoer | Social studies | L000

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1.017 Computing and Data Analysis for Environmental Applications (MIT) 1.017 Computing and Data Analysis for Environmental Applications (MIT)

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This subject is a computer-oriented introduction to probability and data analysis. It is designed to give students the knowledge and practical experience they need to interpret lab and field data. Basic probability concepts are introduced at the outset because they provide a systematic way to describe uncertainty. They form the basis for the analysis of quantitative data in science and engineering. The MATLAB® programming language is used to perform virtual experiments and to analyze real-world data sets, many downloaded from the web. Programming applications include display and assessment of data sets, investigation of hypotheses, and identification of possible casual relationships between variables. This is the first semester that two courses, Computing and Data Analysis for Environm This subject is a computer-oriented introduction to probability and data analysis. It is designed to give students the knowledge and practical experience they need to interpret lab and field data. Basic probability concepts are introduced at the outset because they provide a systematic way to describe uncertainty. They form the basis for the analysis of quantitative data in science and engineering. The MATLAB® programming language is used to perform virtual experiments and to analyze real-world data sets, many downloaded from the web. Programming applications include display and assessment of data sets, investigation of hypotheses, and identification of possible casual relationships between variables. This is the first semester that two courses, Computing and Data Analysis for Environm

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probability | probability | statistics | statistics | events | events | random variables | random variables | univariate distributions | univariate distributions | multivariate distributions | multivariate distributions | uncertainty propagation | uncertainty propagation | Bernoulli trials | Bernoulli trials | Poisson processed | Poisson processed | conditional probability | conditional probability | Bayes rule | Bayes rule | random sampling | random sampling | point estimation | point estimation | interval estimation | interval estimation | hypothesis testing | hypothesis testing | analysis of variance | analysis of variance | linear regression | linear regression | computational analysis | computational analysis | data analysis | data analysis | environmental engineering | environmental engineering | applications | applications | MATLAB | MATLAB | numerical modeling | numerical modeling | probabilistic concepts | probabilistic concepts | statistical methods | statistical methods | field data | field data | laboratory data | laboratory data | numerical techniques | numerical techniques | Monte Carlo simulation | Monte Carlo simulation | variability | variability | sampling | sampling | data sets | data sets | computer | computer | uncertainty | uncertainty | interpretation | interpretation | quantitative data | quantitative data

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21F.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture.

Subjects

contemporary India | film | writers | IT revolution | documentaries | Indian culture | globalization | Indian cities | political events | social events | nationhood | gender and class issues | rural India | urban India | Devdas | Mukul Kesavan | Deepa Mehta | Chetan Bhagat | Salman Rushdie

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2.017J Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems (MIT) 2.017J Design of Electromechanical Robotic Systems (MIT)

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This course covers the design, construction, and testing of field robotic systems, through team projects with each student responsible for a specific subsystem. Projects focus on electronics, instrumentation, and machine elements. Design for operation in uncertain conditions is a focus point, with ocean waves and marine structures as a central theme. Topics include basic statistics, linear systems, Fourier transforms, random processes, spectra, ethics in engineering practice, and extreme events with applications in design. This course covers the design, construction, and testing of field robotic systems, through team projects with each student responsible for a specific subsystem. Projects focus on electronics, instrumentation, and machine elements. Design for operation in uncertain conditions is a focus point, with ocean waves and marine structures as a central theme. Topics include basic statistics, linear systems, Fourier transforms, random processes, spectra, ethics in engineering practice, and extreme events with applications in design.

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optimization | optimization | random environment | random environment | linear time invariant systems | linear time invariant systems | navigation systems | navigation systems | engineering ethics | engineering ethics | spectra | spectra | probability of failure | probability of failure | frequency response | frequency response | Fourier transform | Fourier transform | convolution | convolution | extreme events | extreme events | feedback control | feedback control | statistics | statistics | machine elements | machine elements

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17.407 Chinese Foreign Policy (MIT) 17.407 Chinese Foreign Policy (MIT)

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This lecture course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the international relations of the People’s Republic of China. China’s foreign relations during the Cold War as well as contemporary diplomatic, security and economic issues will be examined to identify and explain China’s foreign policy goals and their implementation since 1949. Throughout, this course will investigate the sources of conflict and cooperation in China’s behavior, assessing competing explanations for key events and policies. Readings will be drawn from political science, history, and international relations theory. This lecture course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the international relations of the People’s Republic of China. China’s foreign relations during the Cold War as well as contemporary diplomatic, security and economic issues will be examined to identify and explain China’s foreign policy goals and their implementation since 1949. Throughout, this course will investigate the sources of conflict and cooperation in China’s behavior, assessing competing explanations for key events and policies. Readings will be drawn from political science, history, and international relations theory.

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China | China | chinese | chinese | foreign | foreign | policy | policy | international relations | international relations | People?s Republic of China | People?s Republic of China | foreign relations | foreign relations | Cold War | Cold War | contemporary | contemporary | diplomatic | diplomatic | security | security | economic | economic | 1949 | 1949 | conflict | conflict | cooperation | cooperation | behavior | behavior | competing explanations | competing explanations | key events | key events | political science | political science | history | history | international relations theory | international relations theory

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21F.040 A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society (MIT)

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This course is an introduction to modern Indian culture and society through films, documentaries, short stories, novels, poems, and journalistic writing. The principal focus is on the study of major cultural developments and social debates in the last sixty five years of history through the reading of literature and viewing of film clips. The focus will be on the transformations of gender and class issues, representation of nationhood, the idea of regional identities and the place of the city in individual and communal lives. The cultural and historical background will be provided in class lectures. The idea is to explore the "other Indias" that lurk behind our constructed notion of a homogeneous national culture.

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contemporary India | film | writers | IT revolution | documentaries | Indian culture | globalization | Indian cities | political events | social events | nationhood | gender and class issues | rural India | urban India | Devdas | Mukul Kesavan | Deepa Mehta | Chetan Bhagat | Salman Rushdie

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