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edxDo you know about MOOC? Neither did I until recently. It stands for Massive Online Open Course, and the edX program, founded by MIT and Harvard, includes courses from a number of leading universities worldwide.

Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning – both on-campus and worldwide.

A course on Justice is starting on March 12: “a critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life.

The course is free, and all you need is a computer and an internet connection. All of the course readings that are in the public domain are freely available online, at links provided on the course website. The course can be taken using these free resources alone. There are also some suggestions for further reading. Videos of lectures can be accessed at any time, and you can even join in optional live interaction with instructors and participants worldwide.

To register or find out more, click here (I strongly encourage you to watch the preview video).

A course is also being offered on Copyright, but registration is closed – hopefully it will be run again.