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Want to Change the World? This Free, Online Course Will Show You How

January 22, 2014
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Want to Change the World? This Free, Online Course Will Show You How
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For the first time, Wesleyan University is hosting a free online course on how to change the world.

We are all capable of changing the world; we just need to learn how to do it. For the first time, Wesleyan University, in partnership with the 92nd Street YMCA in New York City, is going to instruct students on the art of social change with their free MOOC (massive open online course), “How to Change the World,” hosted on Coursera. The six-week course, which launched on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, focuses on the world’s most challenging problems, and examines how we can develop “social goods” — which will be defined during class — to create networks of progressive change. Each week, attendees will be instructed on topics ranging from poverty and climate change to education, social networks and activism. Classes will be structured around the following questions: 1. What do we know?  2. Why should we care? 3. What can we do? “Our aim is simple and bold: to put together the facts, the energy and the actions to make a real difference in addressing some of the major problems confronting the world today,” says Wesleyan President Michael Roth, the course instructor. So how can we change the world? Log on to find out.

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