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STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT) STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT)

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The history and legacy of the Cold War on science is examined in a seminar setting for this course, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. Topics range from exploring scientists' new political roles after World War II as elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to their victimization by domestic anti-Communism. The course next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The course closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era. The history and legacy of the Cold War on science is examined in a seminar setting for this course, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. Topics range from exploring scientists' new political roles after World War II as elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to their victimization by domestic anti-Communism. The course next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The course closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era.

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cold war | cold war | history of science | history of science | nuclear age | nuclear age | post-cold-war era | post-cold-war era | atomic bomb | atomic bomb | nuclear weapons | nuclear weapons | atom bomb | atom bomb | hydrogen bomb | hydrogen bomb | atomic energy | atomic energy | McCarthyism | McCarthyism | espionage | espionage | anti-communism | anti-communism | soviet union | soviet union | cold war america | cold war america | american science | american science

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21A.350J The Anthropology of Computing (MIT) 21A.350J The Anthropology of Computing (MIT)

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This course examines computers anthropologically, as meaningful tools revealing the social and cultural orders that produce them. We read classic texts in computer science along with works analyzing links between machines and culture. We explore early computation theory and capitalist manufacturing; cybernetics and WWII operations research; artificial intelligence and gendered subjectivity; the creation and commodification of the personal computer; the hacking aesthetic; non-Western histories of computing; the growth of the Internet as a military, academic, and commercial project; the politics of identity in cyberspace; and the emergence of "evolutionary" computation. This course examines computers anthropologically, as meaningful tools revealing the social and cultural orders that produce them. We read classic texts in computer science along with works analyzing links between machines and culture. We explore early computation theory and capitalist manufacturing; cybernetics and WWII operations research; artificial intelligence and gendered subjectivity; the creation and commodification of the personal computer; the hacking aesthetic; non-Western histories of computing; the growth of the Internet as a military, academic, and commercial project; the politics of identity in cyberspace; and the emergence of "evolutionary" computation.

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Computing | Computing | machines and culture | machines and culture | computation theory | computation theory | cybernetics | cybernetics | operations research | operations research | artifical intelligence | artifical intelligence | personal computer | personal computer | commodification | commodification | hacking | hacking | hacker | hacker | Internet | Internet | cyberspace | cyberspace | indentity in cyberspace | indentity in cyberspace | cosmology | cosmology | clockwork | clockwork | Charles Babbage | Charles Babbage | Ada Lovelace | Ada Lovelace | Industrial Revolution | Industrial Revolution | calculating machine | calculating machine | coding | coding | cold war | cold war | Alan Turing | Alan Turing | African mathematical systems | African mathematical systems | counterculture | counterculture | PC | PC | gaming | gaming | open source | open source | free software | free software | software | software | 21A.350 | 21A.350 | SP.484 | SP.484 | STS.086 | STS.086

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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.131 America in the Nuclear Age (MIT) 21H.131 America in the Nuclear Age (MIT)

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This course examines the American experience at home and abroad from Pearl Harbor to the end of the Cold War. Topics include: America's role as global superpower, foreign and domestic anticommunism, social movements of left and right, suburbanization, and popular culture. This course examines the American experience at home and abroad from Pearl Harbor to the end of the Cold War. Topics include: America's role as global superpower, foreign and domestic anticommunism, social movements of left and right, suburbanization, and popular culture.

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american history | american history | nuclear | nuclear | world war two | world war two | twentieth century | twentieth century | foreign policy | foreign policy | cold war | cold war | atomic bomb | atomic bomb | military industrial complex | military industrial complex | baby boom | baby boom | social movements | social movements | postwar economy | postwar economy | Pearl Harbor | Pearl Harbor | America's role | America's role | global superpower | global superpower | foreign anticommunism | foreign anticommunism | domestic anticommunism | domestic anticommunism | The Left | The Left | The Right | The Right | suburbanization | suburbanization | popular culture | popular culture | World War II | World War II | WWII | WWII | 20th century | 20th century | nuclear warfare | nuclear warfare | domestic policy | domestic policy | economic abundance | economic abundance | politics | politics | Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Franklin Delano Roosevelt | FDR | FDR | Ronald Reagan | Ronald Reagan | nuclear war | nuclear war | American politics | American politics | economy | economy | society | society

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STS.042J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century (MIT) STS.042J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century (MIT)

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This course covers the role of physics and physicists during the 20th century, focusing on Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman. Beyond just covering the scientific developments, institutional, cultural, and political contexts will also be examined. This course covers the role of physics and physicists during the 20th century, focusing on Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman. Beyond just covering the scientific developments, institutional, cultural, and political contexts will also be examined.

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STS.042 | STS.042 | 8.225 | 8.225 | general relativity | general relativity | theory of relativity | theory of relativity | einstein | einstein | history of physics | history of physics | cold war | cold war | physics in the 20th century | physics in the 20th century | electrodynamics | electrodynamics | special relativity | special relativity | Heisenberg | Heisenberg | Bohr | Bohr | world war II | world war II | big science | big science | feynman | feynman

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STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT) STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT)

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This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on American science. It explores scientist's new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti Communism. It also examines the changing institutions in which the physical sciences and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating possible epistemic effects on forms of knowledge. The subject closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold War era. This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on American science. It explores scientist's new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti Communism. It also examines the changing institutions in which the physical sciences and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating possible epistemic effects on forms of knowledge. The subject closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold War era.

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cold war | cold war | history of science | history of science | nuclear age | nuclear age | post-cold-war era | post-cold-war era | atomic bomb | atomic bomb | nuclear weapons | nuclear weapons | atom bomb | atom bomb | hydrogen bomb | hydrogen bomb | atomic energy | atomic energy | McCarthyism | McCarthyism | espionage | espionage | anti-communism | anti-communism | spying | spying | soviet union | soviet union | american science | american science | HUAC | HUAC | oppenheimer | oppenheimer | arms race | arms race | disarmament | disarmament | Sputnik | Sputnik | iron curtain | iron curtain | space race | space race | globalization | globalization | capitalism | capitalism | academic freedom | academic freedom | CIA | CIA | National Security Agency | National Security Agency | NSA | NSA | military-industrial complex | military-industrial complex | quantum physics | quantum physics | physics | physics

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17.952 Great Power Military Intervention (MIT) 17.952 Great Power Military Intervention (MIT)

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The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling. The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

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Power | Power | military | military | intervention | intervention | civil | civil | war | war | policy | policy | security | security | cold war | cold war | United States | United States | combat | combat | peace enforcement | peace enforcement | Kurds | Kurds | Iraq | Iraq | Somalia | Somalia | Aristide | Aristide | Haiti | Haiti | Bosnia | Bosnia | Herzegovina | Herzegovina | NATO | NATO | Serbia | Serbia | Kosovo | Kosovo | Croatia | Croatia | genocide | genocide | Rwanda | Rwanda | strategy | strategy | United Nations | United Nations | Europe | Europe | Media | Media | Journalism | Journalism | Non Government Organizations | Non Government Organizations | NGOs | NGOs | sanctions | sanctions | political theory | political theory

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Arthur Miller, The Crucible Arthur Miller, The Crucible

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Video from the lectures by Robert Crawford and Derek Gladwin for the Repetition Compulsion theme, March 2015. Video from the lectures by Robert Crawford and Derek Gladwin for the Repetition Compulsion theme, March 2015.

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Derek Gladwin | Derek Gladwin | lecture | lecture | powerpoint | powerpoint | Repetition Compulsion | Repetition Compulsion | Rob Crawford | Rob Crawford | video | video | allegory | allegory | Arthur Miller | Arthur Miller | C20th | C20th | cold war | cold war | drama | drama | HUAC | HUAC | Joseph McCarthy | Joseph McCarthy | miller | miller | the crucible | the crucible | tragedy | tragedy | witch hunt | witch hunt

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RES.8-004 Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation (MIT) RES.8-004 Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation (MIT)

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Includes audio/video content: AV lectures. This course, organized as a series of lectures, aims to provide an interdisciplinary view of the history and current climate of nuclear weapons and non-proliferation policy. The first lecture begins the series by discusses nuclear developments in one of the world's most likely nuclear flash points, and the second lecture presents a broad discussion of the dangers of current nuclear weapons policies as well as evaluations of current situations and an outlook for future nuclear weapons reductions. Includes audio/video content: AV lectures. This course, organized as a series of lectures, aims to provide an interdisciplinary view of the history and current climate of nuclear weapons and non-proliferation policy. The first lecture begins the series by discusses nuclear developments in one of the world's most likely nuclear flash points, and the second lecture presents a broad discussion of the dangers of current nuclear weapons policies as well as evaluations of current situations and an outlook for future nuclear weapons reductions.

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nuclear proliferation | nuclear proliferation | nuclear weapons | nuclear weapons | south asia | south asia | deterrence theory | deterrence theory | india | india | pakistan | pakistan | kargil war | kargil war | operation parakram | operation parakram | nuclear war | nuclear war | abolition | abolition | obama | obama | bomb | bomb | cold war | cold war | escalation | escalation | treaty | treaty | deterrence | deterrence | missiles | missiles | disarmament | disarmament

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STS.436 Cold War Science (MIT)

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The history and legacy of the Cold War on science is examined in a seminar setting for this course, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. Topics range from exploring scientists' new political roles after World War II as elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to their victimization by domestic anti-Communism. The course next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The course closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era.

Subjects

cold war | history of science | nuclear age | post-cold-war era | atomic bomb | nuclear weapons | atom bomb | hydrogen bomb | atomic energy | McCarthyism | espionage | anti-communism | soviet union | cold war america | american science

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21H.131 America in the Nuclear Age (MIT) 21H.131 America in the Nuclear Age (MIT)

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This course examines the American experience at home and abroad from Pearl Harbor to the end of the Cold War. Topics include: America's role as global superpower, foreign and domestic anticommunism, social movements of left and right, suburbanization, and popular culture. This course examines the American experience at home and abroad from Pearl Harbor to the end of the Cold War. Topics include: America's role as global superpower, foreign and domestic anticommunism, social movements of left and right, suburbanization, and popular culture.

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american history | american history | nuclear | nuclear | world war two | world war two | twentieth century | twentieth century | foreign policy | foreign policy | cold war | cold war | atomic bomb | atomic bomb | military industrial complex | military industrial complex | baby boom | baby boom | social movements | social movements | postwar economy | postwar economy | Pearl Harbor | Pearl Harbor | America's role | America's role | global superpower | global superpower | foreign anticommunism | foreign anticommunism | domestic anticommunism | domestic anticommunism | The Left | The Left | The Right | The Right | suburbanization | suburbanization | popular culture | popular culture | World War II | World War II | WWII | WWII | 20th century | 20th century | nuclear warfare | nuclear warfare | domestic policy | domestic policy | economic abundance | economic abundance | politics | politics | Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Franklin Delano Roosevelt | FDR | FDR | Ronald Reagan | Ronald Reagan | nuclear war | nuclear war | American politics | American politics | economy | economy | society | society

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17.952 Great Power Military Intervention (MIT)

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The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

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Power | military | intervention | civil | war | policy | security | cold war | United States | combat | peace enforcement | Kurds | Iraq | Somalia | Aristide | Haiti | Bosnia | Herzegovina | NATO | Serbia | Kosovo | Croatia | genocide | Rwanda | strategy | United Nations | Europe | Media | Journalism | Non Government Organizations | NGOs | sanctions | political theory

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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.

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

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17.952 Great Power Military Intervention (MIT)

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The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

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Power | military | intervention | civil | war | policy | security | cold war | United States | combat | peace enforcement | Kurds | Iraq | Somalia | Aristide | Haiti | Bosnia | Herzegovina | NATO | Serbia | Kosovo | Croatia | genocide | Rwanda | strategy | United Nations | Europe | Media | Journalism | Non Government Organizations | NGOs | sanctions | political theory

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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen

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Kevin McNeilly's lecture in March 2015 for the Repetition Compulsion theme.

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Kevin McNeilly | lecture | powerpoint | Repetition Compulsion | video | C20th | cold war | comics | graphic novel | Moore | Moore & Gibbons | superheroes | Watchmen

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World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present)

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This course will present a comparative overview of world history from the 17th century to the present era. The student will examine the origins of major economic, political, social, cultural, and technological trends of the past 400 years and explore the impact of these trends on world societies. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 103)

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global | exchange | colonization | slave trade | absolutism | colonial conflicts | revolution | enlightenment | new imperialism | modernization | world war i | totalitarian states | depression | russia | stalin | italy | mussolini | germany | hitler | japan | world war ii | united nations | cold war | decolonization | china | philosophical studies | V000

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History of Europe, 1800 to the Present

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This course will introduce the student to the history of Europe from 1800 to present day. The student will learn about the major political, economic, and social changes that took place in Europe during this period including Industrial Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, imperialism, and the Cold War. By the end of this course, the student will understand how nationalism, industrialization, and imperialism fueled the rise of European nation-states in the nineteenth century, as well as how world war and oppressive regimes devastated Europe during the 1900s. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 202)

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industrial revolution | labor | urbanization | class | science | napoleonic | socialism | liberalism | nationalism | modernization | migration | imperialism | depression | dictatorship | world war | cold war | european union | philosophical studies | V000

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Introduction to United States History: Reconstruction to the Present

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This course will introduce the student to United States history from the end of the Civil War to the present era. The student will learn about the major political, economic, and social changes that took place in America during this 150-year period. By the end of the course, the student will understand how the United States grew from a relatively weak and divided agricultural nation into a cohesive military and industrial superpower by the beginning of the twenty-first century. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 212)

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reconstruction | african-americans | oppression | industrialization | immigration | migration | unionization | urbanization | technology | frontier | imperialism | populist | progressive | isolationism | world war i | depression | world war ii | new deal | cold war | korean war | communism | civil rights | integration | vietnam | reagan | new world disorder | philosophical studies | V000

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Modern Middle East and Southwest Asia

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This course will introduce the student to the history of the nations and peoples of the Middle East and Southwest Asia from 1919 to the present. The course covers the major political, economic, and social changes that took place throughout the region during this 100-year period. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 232)

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imperialism | indpendence | economy | world war ii | zionism | cold war | politics | nationalism | revolution | islamic revolution | afghanistan | religion | gulf war | military | oil | al-qaeda | modernization | middle east | philosophical studies | V000

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War and American Society

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This course will focus on the wars and military conflicts that have shaped the social, political, and economic development of the United States from the colonial era through the present. The student will learn how these conflicts have led to significant changes in American social and political life during this 300-year period. By the end of the course, the student will understand how three centuries of warfare have reshaped America’s relationship with the world and altered American society in unexpected ways. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 313)

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history | war | america | american society | american revolution | civil war | war of 1812 | imperialism | american expansionism | world war i | world war ii | cold war | vietnam | war on terror | iraq | philosophical studies | V000

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Islam, The Middle East, and The West

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This course will introduce the student to the history of the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the twenty-first century. The course will emphasize the encounters and exchanges between the Islamic world and the West. By the end of the course, the student will understand how Islam became a sophisticated and far-reaching civilization and how conflicts with the West shaped the development of the Middle East from the medieval period to the present day. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 351)

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history | islam | middle east | west | islamic civilization | arab empire | crusades | mongolia | ottoman empire | islamic revolution | terrorism | cold war | nationalism | philosophical studies | V000

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Modern Revolutions

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This course examines some of the most important political revolutions that took place between the 17th century and today, beginning with pre-revolutionary Europe and the Enlightenment and continuing with the English Revolution of the 17th century, the American and the French Revolutions, the Mexican Revolution, the Russian and the Chinese Revolutions, the Iranian Revolution, and finally, the Eastern European revolutions of 1989, which brought about radical changes without recourse to violence. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (History 362)

Subjects

revolution | mexico | china | russia | iran | cold war | philosophical studies | V000

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17.952 Great Power Military Intervention (MIT)

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The purpose of this seminar is to examine systematically, and comparatively, great and middle power military interventions into civil wars during the 1990's. These civil wars were high on the policy agenda of western states during the 1990's. Yet, these interventions were usually not motivated by obvious classical vital interests. Given the extraordinary security enjoyed by the great and middle powers of the west in the Cold War's aftermath, these activities are puzzling.

Subjects

Power | military | intervention | civil | war | policy | security | cold war | United States | combat | peace enforcement | Kurds | Iraq | Somalia | Aristide | Haiti | Bosnia | Herzegovina | NATO | Serbia | Kosovo | Croatia | genocide | Rwanda | strategy | United Nations | Europe | Media | Journalism | Non Government Organizations | NGOs | sanctions | political theory

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21A.350J The Anthropology of Computing (MIT)

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This course examines computers anthropologically, as meaningful tools revealing the social and cultural orders that produce them. We read classic texts in computer science along with works analyzing links between machines and culture. We explore early computation theory and capitalist manufacturing; cybernetics and WWII operations research; artificial intelligence and gendered subjectivity; the creation and commodification of the personal computer; the hacking aesthetic; non-Western histories of computing; the growth of the Internet as a military, academic, and commercial project; the politics of identity in cyberspace; and the emergence of "evolutionary" computation.

Subjects

Computing | machines and culture | computation theory | cybernetics | operations research | artifical intelligence | personal computer | commodification | hacking | hacker | Internet | cyberspace | indentity in cyberspace | cosmology | clockwork | Charles Babbage | Ada Lovelace | Industrial Revolution | calculating machine | coding | cold war | Alan Turing | African mathematical systems | counterculture | PC | gaming | open source | free software | software | 21A.350 | SP.484 | STS.086

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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.

Subjects

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

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